This is it: Your chance to be a part of Bible history.

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For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” …But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?

Romans 10:13-14

A few months ago, we introduced you to the #BibleForEveryone challenge,1 inviting you to join us in the historical move of God already underway: helping visionary ministries get God’s Word translated for the billion-plus people who still don’t have it. English speakers can select from 50 different versions in the Bible App, but did you know…?

Thousands of the world’s active languages still don’t even have a complete New Testament.

Some languages have portions of Scripture, maybe a chapter or two of the Bible, but many still have no Scripture at all. Translating the Bible into a new language used to require decades. But today, by collaborating on new processes, innovating with new technologies, and sharing resources, visionary Bible translation organizations have drastically reduced that cycle — in many cases to just a few years.

Now, the world is about to change.

Last year, Bible translators from around the globe set the shared goal of translating at least the New Testament for 99.9% of the world’s population by the year 2033. Just think about what that means. Consider one of the last things Jesus said to his disciples after his resurrection, just before he ascended into heaven:

“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.…”

Mark 16:15

Don’t miss out.

If Bible translators reach their goal, not only will that command be possible, but it will be fulfilled within our lifetimes. What will happen when every person on earth has the same opportunity to experience the life-changing power of God’s Word that we already enjoy? Become a part of the Bible history taking place right now, and let’s find out!

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We’re in.

At YouVersion, we believe that with your help, we can see Bible translation accelerated even further. We’re already working closely with Bible translation partners to identify high-impact projects that translators could complete quickly with just a little more funding. Life.Church is in, too: committing to match up to $1 million of all contributions the worldwide YouVersion community makes toward Bible translation over the next four years.2

Are you in?

Thanks to the generosity of those who supported our first project, very soon, almost 75,000 people in Zambia will be enjoying the book of Acts in their native language…for the first time ever. Today, we’re announcing our next project:

Help the Kinga people of Tanzania complete their New Testament by the end of 2017.

About 140,000 Kinga people live in Tanzania. The Kinga are primarily subsistence farmers, growing potatoes, wheat, peas and maize. Many Kinga identify as Christian, and they enjoy reading and listening to Scripture in church and hearing it read on the radio. Unfortunately, although a Kinga translation of the New Testament was first printed in 1961, that version is no longer available. In addition, the Kinga language has changed so much since that publication that most Kinga people today would struggle to read it.

They’ve already started.

The Kinga are working now with Bible translation ministries to create their own complete, easy-to-read New Testament, expected to be ready before the end of this year. This modern version will be stored online, so it will always be available, now and to future generations, in smartphone, web, and print formats. You can help them finish:

Give Now

Let’s wipe out Bible poverty together.

In the coming months, we’ll continue sharing with you about the other projects for which we’ll be matching funds, and we’ll update you on each project’s progress. Get in now on this worldwide move of God. Pray and ask Him to continue accelerating the work of translating His Word into every language. Ask Him to prepare the hearts of those who will be hearing about Him for the first time. And give.

Then one day, you’ll have the great joy of standing before God’s throne and seeing some of the very people that your gift helped bring there:

After this I looked, and there in front of me was a multitude that no one could count, people from every tribe and every nation.

Revelation 7:9a


Notes

1 Refer to original blog post: “History is being made, right now. Be a part of it.”

2 All contributions received through the #BibleForEveryone campaign will be used exclusively for the purpose of Bible translation. Life.Church is contributing $1 million over the next four years. During calendar year 2017, Life.Church is contributing $250,000, spread across four different, high-impact translation projects. As each project is completed, any remaining funds are then applied toward the next translation project, as selected by YouVersion and its partners. (See original blog post for full details.)

Announcing the Winners from YouVersion’s 2017 Half-Year Challenge

Two weeks ago, we invited you to join us for our first-ever Half-Year Challenge. Users who completed at least seven days in a row of Bible Plan daily readings anytime between June 25 and July 8 were entered into a random drawing for our grand prize: a T-shirt, a sticker pack, a mug, and an Amazon Fire tablet! The results are in, and the lucky winner is:

Julie L.

Congratulations, Julie!

(Don’t forget to install the Bible App on your new Fire tablet!) 😉

Half-Year Challenge Prizes

Throughout the Challenge, many registered users who shared which Plan they were reading with the hashtag #HalfYearResolution also won prizes.1 Here they are:

Caitlin M.

Laura G.

Lauren B.

John M.

Donna G.

Michael F.

Scott N.

Halley H.

Keri C.

Maricela M.


1 Weekly winners will be contacted through the social media channel where you posted. The grand prize winner will be contacted through the email address associated with your YouVersion profile. Winners can expect to receive their prizes within the next few weeks. Refer to our original post for complete contest rules.


Half-Year Challenge Badge

Of course, the Half-Year Challenge isn’t about prizes. It’s about connecting with God every day through his Word. So to everyone who completed our first-ever Half-Year Challenge: Way to go! If your special Half-Year Challenge badge hasn’t already appeared on your YouVersion profile, you should see it sometime within the next week.


Keep your momentum going!

We hope your time in God’s Word during these last two weeks has drawn you closer to him. And we hope each day helped you refresh your daily Bible reading habit. Our statistics from past Challenges are clear: once you establish a daily habit for several weeks, that momentum can carry you forward on a streak of consistent time in the Bible.

And, with thousands of Plans in dozens of languages, your next new favorite Plan is just a couple of clicks away:

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The Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on almost 276 million unique devices, all over the world. In addition to offering more than 1,500 Bible versions in almost 1,100 languages, the Bible App now features almost 3,300 Bible Plans across dozens of languages. Plans help you build a Bible habit by bringing you select Scriptures each day, and adding context that helps you understand what you’re learning. And the Bible App is always free.

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Still time to join🏅with Plans from Lecrae, John MacArthur, more

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We’re halfway through the year and halfway through the Half-Year Challenge, but it’s not too late to join us for fun, inspiration… and prizes!

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Lecrae: The Unashamed Devotional


Lecrae: The Unashamed Devotional

Lecrae and This is Me TV, 6 days

In this series of Scripture selections and daily short videos, Grammy- and Dove-award-winning hip hop artist Lecrae inspires and encourages you — through such topics as personal identity, the source of true value, holding up your end in relationships, and more — and closing each day with a challenge and questions for reflection.

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Know Your Why: Finding and Fulfilling Your Calling


Know Your Why: Finding and Fulfilling Your Calling

Ken Costa and HarperCollins, 7 days

Through daily Bible readings followed by devotional excerpts based on his book Know Your Why, internationally renowned business leader Ken Costa helps you chart your course through seasons of seeking, shifting circumstances, setbacks, and more, all while cheering you on toward closer relationship with God.

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The Gospel According to Paul


The Gospel According to Paul

John MacArthur and Thomas Nelson, 5 days

Master expositor and Bible teacher John MacArthur walks you through the apostle Paul’s teachings on the Good News of Jesus, helping you answer such questions as, How can I know that I am right with God? What is the gospel — really? How can I share the gospel with others? and more.

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Depression: Hope Inside Out


Depression: Hope Inside Out

Julie Thomas, Ph.D., and Abide, 3 days

Join author, life coach, wife and mother Julie Thomas, as she shares personal, intimate scenes from her own story: a journey through depression, healing, and recovery, in three days of audio devotional and prayer.

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The New City Catechism: Questions & Answers for Our Hearts & Minds


The New City Catechism: Questions & Answers for Our Hearts & Minds

The New City and Crossway, 7 days

This series of daily devotionals introduces adults and children to the foundational principles of what it means to be a Christian, using a simple formula that helps you easily understand: Read a Bible passage, followed by a simple question about the passage, followed by a plain answer to the question.

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God Hunger: Meditations for a Life of Longing


God Hunger: Meditations for a Life of Longing

Dominic Muir and River Publishing, 7 days

International evangelist and teacher Dominic Muir helps you daily renew your passion for God’s presence, then invites you to fulfill that spiritual yearning with Jesus’ grace, in this series of daily meditations on God’s Word drawn from his book God Hunger.

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Better than You Can Imagine


Better than You Can Imagine

Patrick M. Quinn, Ken Roach, and David C Cook, 4 days

Featuring excerpts from his book Better than You Can Imagine, pastor and author Patrick M. Quinn shares three biblical promises that God wants to use to transform your life, true stories of real-life world-changers (people who are actually “just normal” — just like you), and practical action steps you can take right now to begin your own adventure.

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Unlimited Kingdom


Unlimited Kingdom

Good News Unlimited, 14 days

Because Jesus spoke more often about “the kingdom of heaven” than about anything else, this short series of devotionals and daily Scripture seeks to help you answer: What is the Kingdom of Heaven — and what does it mean for me to live within it?

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We’ve got Plans…for you.

The Bible App’s “Plans for…” feature helps you find Plans developed specifically for you — by sorting them into convenient categories, including Women, Singles, Parents, Youth, Young Adults, Families, Men, and Kids. We even offer a category of Plans selected for groups to do together. Whatever you’re looking for that’s for you, tap below to find it.

Just for You

YouVersion’s 2017 Half-Year Challenge: A fresh start to your Bible habit.

Half-Year Challenge Starts Soon
If you joined us for the 21-Day Challenge earlier this year, then you know how great it can feel to start a daily Bible reading habit. We’re convinced that one of the best ways to start engaging with the Bible every day is to complete one short Plan after another.

That’s what the Half-Year Challenge is all about: helping you renew your daily habit of connecting with God’s Word.

For two weeks beginning June 25, let us inspire you!


Prize Pack

Here’s how it works.

Between June 25 and July 8, complete at least seven days in a row of Bible Plan daily readings, and you’ll earn our special 2017 Half-Year Challenge badge, and be eligible for exciting prizes.

You don’t have to do just one Plan that’s seven days. You can be in the middle of a Plan that’s longer than seven days. Or you can complete a Plan that you’re already doing, then start a new one immediately after it. Just make sure you complete at least one day of at least one Plan every day, for seven days in a row!


Official Rules

📲  Get the Bible App

Make sure you have the Bible App installed on a device (or devices), or on the web at Bible.com, that you will be able to use every day from June 25th to July 8th.

✔  Sign Up for a Free Account

If you haven’t already, create your own free YouVersion account (or sign in with Facebook or Google).

📑  Start a Bible Plan

Sign up for a Bible Plan — or for several. We recommend that you browse through Plans that interest you and use Save for Later to collect the ones you want to use for the Half-Year Challenge.

Note: You don’t have to begin a new Plan on June 25th. If you already started a Plan before June 25th — or more than one — that’s great! Just keep going, and don’t miss any days. (Keep reading for more.)

🗓  Read Each Day

At least 7 days in a row from June 25th to July 8th, go to your Plans > My Plans and complete the daily selection for at least one of the Plans you’re subscribed to.

IMPORTANT! Each day when you complete your selections, make sure they get checked off. (More on this in a moment.)

👏🏽  Share Your Progress, Be Entered to Win Prizes

After you complete a day’s reading, inside the Bible App, go to that Plan’s Info page (  More icon  > Plan Info), tap the share icon (  Android Share icon  or  iOS Share icon  ) and share your Plan to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and include the hashtag #HalfYearResolution. Sharing is not necessary to earn your Badge, but it is required to be entered to win one of many prizes we’ll be giving away.

IMPORTANT! When you post on social media, we cannot see posts that are “Friends,” “Private,” or “Only Me.” Make sure that you mark your social media post as “Public” — AND that you include #HalfYearResolution — or we won’t be able to see your entry.

1 Prizes include YouVersion-branded items such as a T-shirt, stickers, drinkware, tablets, and more. Prizes are subject to change or substitution based on availability. Winners will be contacted with details about how to receive their prizes. Because of some limitations with international shipping, not all items will be available to ship to all countries.

🏅  Earn a Badge!

All users who complete the Half-Year Challenge — reading the day’s selections from at least one Bible Plan each day for 7 days in a row (June 25th to July 8th) — will receive their special commemorative badge in the Bible App. (No Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram posts required.)

IMPORTANT! Badges will be automatically awarded based upon having 7 days in a row checked off during the Challenge. This is why it is so important that you ensure that each day’s reading is ACTUALLY CHECKED OFF.


Start by finding some Plans.

The Half-Year Challenge begins in just a few days, so we recommend that you start looking now for the Plans you’ll want to do during the Challenge. The Plans we’ve listed below aren’t required for the Challenge; they’re just some ideas to help you get started. When you find a Plan you think you’d enjoy, open it and tap “Save for Later.” Then, remember to start your Plan on June 25!

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This Month: Plans from Louie Giglio, Brennan Manning, Tony Evans, and more

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Goliath Must Fall: Winning The Battle Against Your Giants
Louie Giglio and Zondervan, 7 days

Let pastor Louie Giglio inspire you in this series of short videos, as he shares thoughts from his new book on the biblical story of David and Goliath, then offers real-world strategies from the Scriptures for how you can walk in the victory Jesus has already won — overcoming adversaries like fear, rejection, comfort, anger, and addiction.

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Giving it All Away…and Getting it All Back Again

David Green and Zondervan, 9 days

Through select excerpts from his book Giving It All Away, David Green shares the Scripture, biblical principles, and practical application that show you how to live generously, change the lives of the people you touch, and leave an enduring legacy.

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Chasing Greatness

Dr. Tony Evans, 7 days

Pastor and author Dr. Tony Evans leads men on a journey of discovery through Bible passages and thought leadership, challenging you to fully pursue the potential God calls you to: responsible leader, willing owner, kingdom man.

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People of the Second Chance

Mike Foster and WaterBrook Multnomah, 5 days

Mike Foster helps you let go of the shame and regret of your past mistakes, by revealing the names God has for you in the Bible, offering encouraging devotionals and reflection questions that will help you find the real “you.”

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Armor of God

Priscilla Shirer and LifeWay, 5 days

With daily Bible readings and excerpts from her women’s Bible study series The Armor of God, Bible teacher and bestselling author Priscilla Shirer equips you with an action plan for protecting your heart, your mind, and your relationships, and for facing your spiritual enemy head-on.

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The Lies We Believe About God

Dr. Chris Thurman and David C Cook, 4 days

Through daily devotionals excerpted from his book, psychologist and bestselling author Dr. Chris Thurman presents biblical truths selected to challenge the common assumptions many people have about God, revealing His true nature to help you know Him more intimately.

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The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning

Brennan Manning and WaterBrook Multnomah, 5 days

Drawn from Brennan Manning’s classic book, these daily devotionals help you experience “the furious love of God” in Scripture, then offer questions for reflection that will help you begin to apply the truth of God’s grace into your everyday life.

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Relaxing with God

Andrew Farley, 8 days

From his book Relaxing with God, speaker and bestselling author Dr. Andrew Farley shares Scriptures that clearly show how Jesus’s words, “It is finished,” apply to your life today, helping you leave behind the burden of your failures and sins once and for all.

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