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Now Available Offline: NIV & Other Versions from Biblica

ephesians3The New International Version (NIV) and 30 other versions from Biblica are now available for free download through the Bible App™.

Biblica has been a valuable partner since YouVersion’s early days, and we’re thrilled with their bold move to make this diverse collection of versions available to the global YouVersion community.

These versions represent some of your favorites in twenty-five languages, including NVI in Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, KLB in Korean, NIV-UK in British English, HFA in German, HTB in Dutch, and BDS in French. It’s a huge step forward in increasing worldwide Scripture engagement and availability.

If you download any of these versions to your device, you’ll be able to read it anytime, anywhere—even when you can’t connect to your service provider or to the Internet. And this is not a limited-time special offer.

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Beginning today, Biblica is making these versions available offline on an ongoing basis.

(If you’re not sure how to download a Bible version to your device, visit our support website to learn how easy it is!)

We are deeply grateful for Biblica’s partnership and all that it has already meant to YouVersion and to our community worldwide. Biblica continues to demonstrate increasing passion about the mission of helping this generation become the most Bible-engaged generation in history.

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New Bible App Updates, Another Huge Milestone, and More!

Recently the worldwide YouVersion community completed more than 10 million Plans! Over and over again, you tell us how much Plans help you make God’s Word a daily part of your life. In 2009, we offered just one Plan. At the beginning of 2010, we launched 20 new Plans. Today, we offer more than 550 Plans, and this year alone, we’ve already seen 4.3 million Plans completed. That means that on average, Bible App users are currently completing more than 20,000 Plans a day!

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Top Completed Plans (All-Time):

This Month’s Most Popular Plans:

More Good Things to Come

All-New Windows 8 Release. We completely reimagined the Bible App for Windows 8 and Windows RT. It’s the smoothest, most easy-to-use mobile Windows version we’ve ever offered!

All-New BlackBerry 10 Release. As soon as BlackBerry introduced their all-new, advanced BB10, we knew we wanted to update the Bible App to take full advantage. BlackBerry fans, keep your eye on our blog for details because a new release is coming soon!

More Languages Than Ever. The Bible App has been installed and used in every country on earth—something that wouldn’t be possible without YouVersion’s generous Bible publishing partners and global network of volunteers. The YouVersion community is opening more than 600 Bible versions representing over 375 languages, and accessing the app menus, buttons, Plans, and more in 30+ languages!

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The Bible App Around the World: Over 600 Versions, 375 Languages

YouVersion Versions and LanguagesNo matter where you live, no matter what language you prefer, we want to help you engage with the Bible every day. You may know that thanks to YouVersion’s generous Bible publishing partners, the Bible App™ already offers more than 600 versions of the Bible in more than 375 languages. What you may not know is that the Bible App has been installed and used in every country on earth, and that about 40% of new installs take place outside North America.

Of course, the Bible App is more than the Bible. We want your entire experience exploring God’s Word to be fulfilling. But we couldn’t do that without help. More than 350 volunteers all over the world passionately devote themselves to ensuring you enjoy the Bible. They share their talents and time translating basics like screens, menus, and buttons into your language, as well as all of the Bible App tools you know and love, like Reading Plans, Notes, and more.

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That’s why today—right now—you can use the Bible App for iOS (Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) in any of 33 languages. The Bible App for Android offers 40. And bible.com has 42. On iOS or Android, the Bible App defaults to your device’s language, or you can change it in the app Settings. At bible.com, simply select your favorite language at the bottom right. The languages we’ve most recently rolled out include Malay, Catalan, Albanian, Portuguese (Portugal), and even Arabic!

The Bible App has been installed more than 100 million times so far. Each one of those installs—wherever it happens in the world—represents a story, a person, a life connected to God and to His Word. You can be a part of that, too, every time you share the Bible App with someone who speaks a language other than English. It starts with 100 million.

Celebrating 5 Years of the Bible App: Thank You

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us,
to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

Ephesians 3:20, New Living Translation

Engagement

A Simple App. When Apple opened its App Store on July 10, 2008, YouVersion’s Bible App™ for iOS was there, one of only 200 free apps. No one knew if that experiment would even work, let alone what impact apps and smartphones might one day have on our lives. With the App Store passing 50 billion app downloads in May this year, it’s clear we’re just beginning to see what’s possible.

Engaging with God’s Word. YouVersion didn’t stop there, of course. We made the Bible App for every popular platform we could: BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone—even Palm OS! Then we just kept going, building the Bible App for international platforms like Java, Symbian, and mobile users in general. We wanted to make it easy and free to get the Bible, so more people than ever could experience it for themselves. And today we’re more focused than ever on helping as many people as possible daily engage with God’s Word.

A Team of Millions. As word began spreading about what God was up to, Bible publishers and societies, churches, and other partners joined in, generously sharing resources. As those collaborations began to bear fruit, the YouVersion community erupted into a worldwide movement. Now, hundreds of passionate people in many countries and languages are volunteering their God-given gifts to help get the Bible into even more people’s hands…and hearts.

Changing the World. With more than 500 Bible versions in more than 300 languages, the Bible App today represents the single largest digital Bible community in the world. And you are the difference. Click the image at right to see just a snapshot of how you are changing the world, ways that you are helping make this the most Bible-engaged generation in history.

We’re just getting started. While it’s extraordinary to think of the Bible App on 100 million smartphones and tablets, more than 7 billion people share this planet with us. In the coming months, we’ll bring you several exciting new announcements: features, partnerships, plans, and tools that will help people engage more with the Bible than ever before. We can’t say, “Thank you,” enough for all that you’ve already done. And we can’t even guess what God is going to do—more than we can ask, think, or imagine. But we do know this much:

It STARTS with 100 million.

The Bible App Now in Finnish and Vietnamese

The Bible App™ now in Finnish and VietnameseWith today’s announcement of the addition of Finnish and Vietnamese, YouVersion is now offering the Bible App in twenty-five languages. This includes not only Bible versions, but all of the menus, settings, and even reading plans. Simply select your desired language from the Bible App’s Settings, or set the language on your device. If you enjoy using the Bible App at YouVersion.com, you can choose from the list of languages at the bottom right. Whether you speak Finnish or Vietnamese, or you have friends who do, please help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter!

Finnish

You can choose Finnish (Suomi) right now for your Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android, or at YouVersion.com. (Finnish is also coming soon to the Bible App for Windows Phone!) We offer four Finnish Bible versions: the contemporary Kirkkoraamattu 1992 (KR92) and the traditional Kirkkoraamattu 1933/38 (KINB38), both provided by the Finnish Bible Society, and the Finnish 1776 (FI1776) and Finnish 1938 (FINPR). Also, be sure you check out one of our 25 reading plans in Finnish!

Vietnamese

We’re also pleased to now offer Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) on the Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android, BlackBerry, and at YouVersion.com. Look for any of our 25 reading plans in Vietnamese, as well as four different Bible versions. The Revised Vietnamese Version Bible (RVV11) is provided from the United Bible Societies, the modern Thánh Kinh: Bản Phổ thông™ (BPT) comes from the World Bible Translation Center, and the Ban Dich 2011 (BD2011) from the Rev. Bau Dang. You’ll even find the classic 1934 Vietnamese Bible (VI1934).

Because of You

The only way that YouVersion can make God’s Word available to as many people as we do, and in their own heart languages, is through the passionate work of a worldwide community of translation volunteers. These are people just like you who use their gifts to translate menus, settings, screens, and other key text so they can take part in seeing the Bible shared with the world. We never stop improving the Bible App, so there’s always more translation to do. If you can volunteer to translate into Finnish or Vietnamese (or other languages), we’d love to hear from you. Please join us. You’ll be helping people all over the planet fall in love with God’s Word.

We asked a couple of our key volunteers in Finnish and Vietnamese to share with you about why they love working with YouVersion to reach the world. Here’s what they had to say:

YouVersion Finnish language volunteer Juho A. (l) with YouVersion Global Partnership and Community Pastor Brian Russell (r)

“YouVersion translation felt like a natural way for me to contribute to the ministry. Serving others by using my native language (that I’m quite passionate about!) gives me great pleasure. I’m so grateful for the awesome fellowship that we have due to working together in the name of Christ.”
—Juho A., Espoo, Finland

YouVersion Vietnamese language volunteer Tien L.

“I decided to volunteer for YouVersion because I had always been called to the ministry of language translation. What an amazing way to help bring God’s Word to people in my country! Thanks to my experiences volunteering, I’ve come to realize that I did not truly appreciate the abilities and assets God has given me until I used them to serve Him. All glory be to the Lord!”
—Tien L., San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

YouVersion Adds Indonesian and Filipino Languages

The Bible App™ now in Indonesian and FilipinoNow you can set your Bible App or YouVersion.com to Indonesian or Filipino, experiencing all of YouVersion’s screens, controls, and menus in these—as well as any of twenty-one other languages! Besides Indonesian and Filipino versions of the Bible, you’ll also find reading plans. Simply set the language on your device to Indonesian or Filipino, or select it from within your Bible App Settings. And it’s just as easy at YouVersion.com: just choose whatever language you want from the bottom right. If any of your friends speak Indonesian or Filipino, please be sure to share this exciting news with them!

Indonesian

Indonesian is now available on the Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android, and BlackBerry, and of course at YouVersion.com. We’re also now offering 25 reading plans in Indonesian, as well as four different Bible versions, listed under “Bahasa Indonesia.” Three of these Bibles, the Bahasa Indonesia Masa Kini (BIMK), Indonesian Terjemahan Baru (TB), and Alkitab Terjemahan Baru (TB), are all provided by key YouVersion partner Indonesian Bible Society. The other, the Indonesian NT (WBID) (WBID), is generously provided by the World Bible Translation Center.

Filipino

You can also choose Filipino for your Bible App for Android or at our website, YouVersion.com. And you’ll find two classic versions of the Bible in Filipino, listed under “Wikang Tagalog”: Magandang Balita Bible (Revised) (RTPV05), provided by the Philippine Bible Society, and Ang Biblia (TLAB). We’ve even added 25 reading plans in Filipino!

Because of You…

YouVersion’s simple mission is to make the Bible available to as many people as we can, in whatever language they prefer. While we partner with generous publishers to offer Bibles in the languages people need, there’s a lot more to YouVersion than that—menus, tools, and other resources—that all need to be translated. The only way we can make that happen is with volunteers—people just like you—working together, using their gifts to help share God’s Word with everyone. Of course, we never stop working to improve the Bible App, so there’s always more translation you can help with. If you’d like to help change the world by translating into Indonesian or Filipino (or into other languages), we’d love for you to partner with us!

Here’s just a taste of what it can mean in your own life when you volunteer to help YouVersion with translation, from two of our key volunteers in Indonesian and Filipino:

YouVersion Indonesian language volunteer Helen G.“I decided to volunteer for YouVersion because I have a desire to see more Indonesians have God’s Word, to read the Word in the language they understand the best so they can grow deeper in the knowledge of who God is, in faith and to love Him. Volunteering for YouVersion drives me closer to God, knowing His heart for the believers and unbelievers. It also motivates and encourages me to serve the Lord here in the States. Hopefully, we will serve Him in Indonesia soon.”
—Helen G., Lucasville, Ohio, U.S.

YouVersion Filipino language volunteer Tams L.

“I was so inspired and blessed by the excellent work and generous giving of time and effort towards building the Bible App that I decided I would like to help too. It feels great to get to work with people from various parts of the globe. I learn a lot simply from interacting with them. Twenty years ago, this would have been very difficult. Technology, however, has changed how things are done, and my prayer is that Christ followers may utilize technology in sharing with and helping one another.”
—Tams L., Quezon City, Philippines

 

 

Categories Help Bible Readers Discover Exciting New YouVersion Plans

We’re pleased today to announce two new categories that can help you discover your next favorite plan. Our “Featured” category lists popular and relevant plans you might not have discovered yet, while our “New” category displays plans we’ve recently added. And besides these new categories, we’ve also added several new Reading Plans for you:

From Pastor Mark Jeske and Time of Grace:

Money Matters. Gain insights and wisdom from Scripture about God’s view of money in this daily devotional. 30 days

Happily Ever After. Whether you’re married, or you want to be, or even if you’ve been married before, you’ll enjoy listening to God’s words about this sacred institution. 31 days

Here I Am. Learn how you can use the Psalms daily to express your needs, pains, and thanks to the Lord. 31 days

Teach Pray Plan. Find inspiration every day with meaningful help from the Bible for a deeper, richer prayer life. 32 days

There Is Hope. Direct from the source, read God’s words of comfort and love especially for you. 35 days

Fathers and Mothers Devotion. Discover encouragement and hope for how you can lead—and love—your family the way that God intended. 31 days

From Pastor Jack Hayford:

Praise In the Presence of God. Learn how the power of praise can positively shape your life by continually pointing you to God and His promises. 1 year

Celebrate! These daily devotionals help you grow in power and wisdom as you discover the life of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word. 1 year

From The American Bible Challenge:

The American Bible Challenge – Week 1. Daily Bible study designed to correspond with the new TV show “The American Bible Challenge” on GSN. 7 days

The American Bible Challenge – Week 2. Daily Bible study designed to correspond with the new TV show “The American Bible Challenge” on GSN. 7 days

That’s a lot, but it’s still not everything! If you or someone you know reads Korean, we’ve added four great new devotionals for them. And we also added our 70th Spanish plan! Be sure you let your friends know what YouVersion has for them.

Plans are one of the best ways we know of to engage with the Bible. Just pick a category and sign up for a plan that interests you, and the Bible App will bring you something to read, watch, or listen to each day. Plans are great at helping you learn what God’s Word has to say about specific topics. We even offer plans that cover portions of the Bible (like the New Testament or Paul’s letters to churches), or even to read through the entire thing!

Italian and Turkish Now Available for Bible App, YouVersion Website

The Bible App™ now in Italian and TurkishItalian and Turkish are the two newest additions to languages you can choose in the Bible App and at YouVersion’s website, YouVersion.com. Now you can use all of YouVersion’s screens, controls, and menus in any of twenty-one languages! Most even have reading plans available. To change your language at YouVersion.com, use the list of languages at the bottom right. From inside the Bible App Settings, simply choose your desired language, or set it as the default language for your device. Please share this exciting news with your friends who speak Italian or Turkish! You can also help us by spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter!

Italian

Italian is now available for the first time on your Android or bada device, Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), and at YouVersion.com. Not only will you find 25 reading plans in Italian, but you’ll find seven different Bible versions! We have popular contemporary versions like Nuova Riveduta 2006 (NR06) and Nuova Riveduta 1994 (NR94) from the Geneva Bible Society, and La Parolaè Vita (LM) from  Biblica (formerly the International Bible Society). We even offer timeless versions like Giovanni Diodati Bibbia (IGD), Italian Riveduta 1927 (ITRIV), Versione Diodati Riveduta (RDV24), and Diodati Bible (DO885).

Turkish

Turkish is another brand new option available immediately on Android, as well as on the Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), and of course, at YouVersion.com. Besides the classic Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri (TCL02), we’ve added 25 reading plans in Turkish!

Volunteers Reach the World

People ask all the time how we manage to offer so many different languages. Of course, we couldn’t do it ourselves. We rely on a worldwide community of passionate volunteers gifted in translation—people just like you. They devote themselves to helping as many people as possible easily connect with God’s Word in their own heart language. But they don’t translate Bibles; they translate tools, screens, and buttons on YouVersion.com and inside the Bible App. And if you’re familiar with the Bible App, you probably know we never stop improving it—so there’s always more translation to do. If you can volunteer to translate into Italian or Turkish (or other languages), please join us. We’d be honored to share our vision with you. We’ll show you how you can forever change the lives of people all over the planet.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to translate for YouVersion? When we recently asked some of our translation volunteers to share their thoughts with you, here’s how they responded:

 

Italian Language Volunteer Radek C. Johan S.

“I was searching for a Bible app I could use to read the Bible on my Android phone. I work with a Christian student organization whose main purpose is reading the Bible together to learn what God has to tell us and how to apply it today. Because most students have smartphones, I realized good Bible software was as important for them as it was for me. And getting it into Italian was a must! I pray the Bible App will be a blessing for many Italians to find a deep, transforming encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

—Johan S., Florence, Italy

 

Turkish Language Volunteer Radek C. Josh W.

“When I discovered the Bible App, its quality—and the fact that it offered Turkish translations of the Bible—made me want to see it in Turkish. While it’s been a joy to work with the team, picking up my Turkish friends’ smartphones and helping them install the Bible App (in Turkish!) was even better. YouVersion is now one of my primary Bible study and daily devotional tools. I’m excited to see what else God will do in Turkey through the ministry of YouVersion and the Bible App.”
—Josh W., Ankara, Turkey

 

New at YouVersion.com and in the Bible App: Afrikaans and Czech

The Bible App™ now in Afrikaans and CzechWe recently launched two new languages, Afrikaans and Czech, inside the Bible App and at YouVersion.com. Together with British English, that means we’ve now launched nineteen different languages! Besides being able to choose from Bible versions in each of these languages, now you can select one of these languages for all of your menus, controls, and screen text—even find reading plans in each language. All you have to do is set the language on your device to the one you want, or select it from within your Bible App Settings. And at YouVersion.com, just choose from the list of languages at the bottom right. If you have friends who speak Afrikaans or Czech, please share this exciting news with them and on Facebook and Twitter.

Afrikaans

We’re pleased to offer Afrikaans on the Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), BlackBerry, and Java, and of course at YouVersion.com. We now have 14 reading plans in Afrikaans, as well as five different Bible versions. Three of those Bibles, Bybel vir almal (ABD07), the 1933/1953 Translation (AFR53), and Afrikaans 1983 Translation (AFR83) are generously provided by the Bible Society of South Africa. The other two, Die Boodskap (DB) and Nuwe Lewende Vertaling (NLV), are provided by key YouVersion partner Christelike Uitgewersmaatskappy.

Czech

You can now choose Czech for your Bible App for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android, and Bada, and at our website, YouVersion.com. We offer three Czech Bible versions: the classic Bible Kralická 1613 (CSBKR) and two popular modern versions, Bible 21 (B21) and Slovo na cestu (SNC). We’ve even added 25 reading plans in Czech!

Thanks to You…

YouVersion makes God’s Word available to as many people as we can, no matter what language they prefer. But we don’t have enough people resources to translate the Bible App’s tools and resources into every language. That vision is only made possible by an incredible worldwide community of translation volunteers—people just like you. These amazing YouVersion friends are passionate about using their gifts to see the Bible shared with the world. And of course, we never stop working to make the Bible App even better, so there’s always translation to do. If you can volunteer to translate into Afrikaans or Czech (or other languages), we’d love to hear from you. Please join us. You’ll be helping people all over the planet fall in love with God’s Word.

We asked a couple of our key volunteers in Afrikaans and Czech to tell you what it feels like to share their talents to help YouVersion reach the world. Here’s what they had to say:

Czech Language Volunteer Radek C.

“My dream and motivation is letting the Bible engage as many Czechs as possible, even though our country is called atheistic. I simply love being involved in projects which have a greater mission and impact than we can ever imagine. I have been a YouVersion volunteer for about one and a half years now. Volunteering was a new step into the world of the Bible, and the community simply engaged and connected me with new people. Even more than before, I feel now that God wants to use me in many various ways I can’t imagine now, but I put all of my trust into His hands and look forward to what’s next.”

—Radek Ć., Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

 

Afrikaans Language Volunteer Christo D.“I have been SO blessed through the use of the Bible App that I wanted to join such a great project as YouVersion! Becoming a member of the Afrikaans translation team was the next logical step for me to help further God’s kingdom.”

—Christo D., London, United Kingdom

First Time Ever: Experience the Bible App and YouVersion.com in Romanian

For the first time ever, now you can select Romanian as your language of choice at the YouVersion.com website, and inside the Bible App on several platforms: iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android, Java, and bada. If you’ve already installed the Bible App on one of these platforms, all you have to do to start getting Romanian today is set it as the default language for your device. And if you have the most recent update of the Bible App on iOS or on Android, you can even pick Romanian from directly in your Bible App Settings!

Romanian is YouVersion’s sixteenth language launch. Before Romanian, we’ve offered releases in Spanish, German, French, Japanese, and Slovak, to name just a few. More than just menus and screens, we’re even adding 25 reading plans in Romanian! In the Bible App and at YouVersion.com, you’ll find Bibles in literally hundreds of languages—including three in Romanian. YouVersion’s mission is to make God’s Word available to as many people as possible, wherever they live and whatever language they prefer. And while Romania is home to almost 22 million people, Romanian speakers live literally all over the world. We’d love for them to share in the joy of experiencing the Bible in their heart language. If you have friends who love Romanian, would you let them know about YouVersion? You’re an important part of the YouVersion community. Every time you share God’s Word on Facebook and Twitter, you’re sharing YouVersion’s voice with the world.

How can we offer so many languages? It’s all because passionate volunteers generously share their gifts to constantly bring more languages to the YouVersion community around the world. They’re people just like you, excited about helping others experience God’s Word in languages they love. And with non stop updates and improvements to the Bible App and YouVersion.com, there’s always translation to do. If you’re fluent in English and another language—and you can translate between them—please prayerfully consider joining our global revolution of Bible engagement. For example, we have opportunities in many languages right now, especially in Arabic, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Your gifts can literally change people’s eternity!

But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what one of our great Romanian language volunteers recently had to say about what it’s like to translate for the YouVersion community:

“God’s Word is worth spreading using all available tools, especially nowadays, when technology offers so many possibilities. I came across YouVersion in the right moment and did not hesitate to enroll and become part of it. As a result of volunteering with YouVersion, I have become more willing to work as much as possible for His Kingdom! My favorite part is when new challenges and projects come in…and there have been a lot ever since I joined!”
—Dragoslav S., Timişoara, Romania

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