2017 is Audio Scripture Ministries’ 50th year of providing God’s Word in audio! Find out more about how we’re celebrating this milestone.


In the Beginning

While the young Ron Beery was pursuing his childhood passion for electronics in college and graduate school, he had not yet realized that God would use his passion to bring the Word to people all over the world. Ron often asked God if electronics was in His calling for him, and the Lord did use Ron’s knowledge and skills as a physics professor at Hope College in Holland, MI. Ron and his wife Alice thought this might be God’s plan for Ron’s science training, but soon they were challenged by the world’s many people who are unable to receive God’s Word in their heart language because they cannot read. Ron realized that providing recorded Scripture on simple players could meet that great need. He started small, encouraged by a number of God-given partner individuals and churches, and Portable Recording Ministries was born in 1967.

Spreading The Word

In God’s plan the transistor had only recently transformed and miniaturized the entire electronics field, making small, portable Scripture players possible for the first time in history. Further improvements followed, from the use of cassettes to newer recording methods, all the way down to the pocket-sized digital players used today. Portable Recording Ministries later changed its name to Audio Scripture Ministries, and God enabled the organization to grow with the need. ASM has established four overseas recording studios to record Scripture in over 250 languages, and we have distributed players to thousands of people who need to hear God’s Word in their own language to receive it in their heart. God has continued to bring many partners to join ASM: other ministries, workers, prayer partners, volunteers, and contributors. Many challenges and joys have come to ASM in our over forty years of history, and God has been abundantly faithful in His leading and provision. As ASM continues its work, now under its third leader, we will enable ever more people groups to hear God’s Word in their own language, to the glory of God.


1967-68

1967-68

Portable Recording Ministries At ASM… Dr. Ron Beery recognizes the need for audio Scripture players and founds Portable Recording Ministries (PRM) PRM begins using audio cartridges Recorders and…

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1973

1973

PRM’s First Trip to Mexico At ASM… Duplicators for the new cassette players are developed using briefcases PRM makes its first trip to Mexico The CCP Player is…

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1979

1979

Partnership with WCOI At ASM… PRM forges a partnership with World Cassette Outreach of India In the World… Sony releases the Walkman (per unit cost: $200) as technology…

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1982

1982

Tapetalk Player Introduced At ASM… PRM moves into the organization’s current international headquarters in Holland, MI The Tapetalk Player is introduced. It is a rugged cassette player with…

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1983

1983

NT in Maasai Language, Kenya At ASM… PRM records its first New Testament in the Maasai language of Kenya   In the World… Motorola introduces the first mobile…

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1988

1988

Studio in Nairobi, Kenya At ASM… PRM purchases studio property in Nairobi, Kenya   In the World… The first transatlantic fibre optic cable is laid; it is able…

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1996

1996

PRM Changes Name to ASM At ASM… PRM changes its name to Audio Scripture Ministries (ASM)   In the World… DVD players are first introduced in Japan (price per…

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2003-04

2003-04

Mithra Player Introduced At ASM… ASM’s Nairobi property is placed under national direction The Mithra Player is introduced. It was developed in India to cope with power fluctuations….

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2005-06

2005-06

MegaVoice Player Introduced At ASM… The MegaVoice Player is introduced. It is the first all-digital player and contains the entire Bible. It also includes a solar panel and speaker…

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2013

2013

Que Todos Oigan, Oaxaca At ASM… Que Todos Oigan (That all may hear) ministry in Oaxaca, Mexico, joins ASM increasing Scripture recording and distribution capability in Latin America….

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2015

2015

Wildlife StoryTellers At ASM… ASM begins ministering to children more directly with tools like the Wildlife StoryTellers. In the World… Amazon begins using drones to deliver packages. Scott…

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Today

At ASM… ASM continues to record and distribute audio Scriptures worldwide, predominantly using the Envoy digital player

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