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Every person who wants to know what the Bible says should be able to find out.

But they can’t. At least, not yet…

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you already have the Bible in your language. (We hope so.) You may even have several versions to choose from. But have you ever wondered what your life might be like without the Bible? Think about how God’s Word speaks to you when you read it. What if the Bible were available in your language… but you couldn’t see? Or you didn’t know how to read? It’s estimated that 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired,1 and that 775 million adults (~17%) cannot read or write.2 How will they discover all that God wants to say to them through His Word?

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Bible societies are bringing God’s
Word to everyone. You can help.

In just the last three months, generous Bible society partners have introduced 25 new audio versions to the Bible App, offering new opportunities to connect with the Bible, for people who may never have had it before. Half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription (up from just one in five 10 years ago).3 Anywhere a mobile device can go, God’s Word can be there. This freedom changes lives:

“I am totally blind. The Bible App is invaluable! I can read the Bible anywhere, anytime. Now I can truly study the Bible. As my husband has some difficulty with reading, this app is also invaluable to him!”
—Bible App User from Australia

As liberating as audio Bibles are, they’re just a small part of all that Bible societies are doing to change the world. During that same three months, they introduced 23 new Bible texts to the Bible App. Together, these contributions represent 38 new languages! (The full list is below.)

The day is coming when every person on earth will have the opportunity to experience God’s Word, because passionate people have dedicated their lives to bringing this vision to life. Of the 7,000 languages in active use today, the complete Bible has been translated into 550, and the New Testament into 1,300.4  While many language groups remain to be done, Bible societies are translating for the largest groups first. In addition, easier travel and new communication technologies have exponentially increased their capacity.

Don’t miss your chance to take
part in what God is doing in the world.

Your contribution to bringing God’s Word to Myanmar could transform a child’s life:


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(That’s thanaka on her face, a traditional cosmetic paste made from tree bark.5)

In Southeast Asia, where this girl lives, more than 32 million people speak Myanmar (Burmese), mostly within their country’s borders. Still classified as “unreached” by the Gospel, most of Myanmar’s population is Buddhist. Although some projections estimate that as much as 9% of Myanmar’s people might be Christians, it’s difficult to know for certain.6 People who profess any religion other than Buddhism are socially ostracized, and often violently persecuted. For these reasons, most Christ followers in Myanmar keep their faith secret.7

But their story is just beginning. In recent elections, the people of Myanmar united to overthrow years of government corruption and violence. Now mobile service providers are introducing technology there designed to advance health care, and even to help people conduct financial transactions.8 When these positive changes began sweeping across the nation, Global Bible Initiative was ready, bringing their New Testament Myanmar Standard Bible to Myanmar’s Bible App users. Now, thanks to their work, even if Christians in Myanmar can’t share their faith openly—yet—they can still remain connected to God’s Word.


Aided by new technologies, Bible societies now have the chance to bring God’s Word to every person in the world, no matter where they live, what language they speak—or even what physical challenges they face. An opportunity like this has never existed before in human history. And we get to be here. You get to be here. You were made for such a time as this.

Now that you know,
what will you do?

Join us. Click below and learn what our Bible society partners are doing. Find one whose vision inspires you—and commit to support them. All of creation is waiting in eager expectation to see what we will do.9

American Bible Society American Bible Society
Wycliffe Wycliffe
Global Bible Initiative Global Bible Initiative
Biblica Biblica
Viorel Silion Viorel Silion
Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org) Bulgarian Bible Society (BBS at UBS.org)
Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry Bible Society in Guinea-Conakry
The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org) The Bible Society of Ghana (BSG at UBS.org)
Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources
United Bible Societies United Bible Societies


Newest Audio Bibles

The New Testament in Akoose:
Melɛ̌ Mékɔ̄ɔ̄lē
The New Testament in Teso:
Ebaibuli 1961
The New Testament in Awa-Cuaiquer (Ecuador):
Masas Pit Jesucristowa
The New Testament in Awa (Papua New Guinea):
Manikáne O Ehwehne
Today’s New Testament in Balinese:
Today’s Bali Bible
Genesis and the New Testament in Bambam
Today’s New Testament in Batak Karo:
Today’s Batak Karo Bible
Biblia Aymara, Qullan Arunaca:
Central Aymara
The New Testament in Buamu:
Dónbeenì Páaníi Fĩnle Vũahṹ
The New Testament in Galibi Carib:
Asery Tamusi Karetary
The New Testament in Chipaya:
Nuevo Testamento Chipaya
The New Testament in Chiquitano:
Chiquitano New Testament
The New Testament in Denya:
Ŋwɛ Menomenyɛɛ́ Mekɛ́
The New Testament in Ignaciano: New Testament
The New Testament in Ixil (San Juan Cotzal):
Viakʼla Txumbʼal u Tioxh
The New Testament in Jacalteco (Eastern) Popti’:
Nuevo Testamento yin̈ Abxubal
The Revised New Testament in Javanese (Indonesian, formal):
Javanese Bible
The New Testament in Lango (Uganda):
Baibul 1979
The New Testament in Mopán Maya:
Le’ec Ada’ U T’an a Dios a Tumulbene
Today’s New Testament in Nias:
Nias Bible
The New Testament in Quechua (North Bolivian):
Quechua Norte New Testament
The New Testament in Tamang (Eastern):
परमेश्वरला बचन छार कबुल
The New Testament in Tamasheq:
New Testament
The New Testament in Teribe:
Sbö Tjl̈õkwo
The New Testament in Tol:
Dios Tjevele Jupj ‘Üsüs La Qjuisiji Jesucristo Mpes

Newest Versions and Languages

The New Testament in Adioukrou
Asante Twi Bible with Deutero-Canons
Biblia în Versiune Actualizată 2015
Bulgarian Protestant Bible (Revised)
The Complete Jewish Bible (in English)
The Bible in Pennsylvania German
The Bible in Keley-i Kalaha
The New Testament in Komba
The New Testament in Kulina
The New Testament in Kwamera
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè
The Bible in Guinea Kpèlèè (DC)
The New Testament in Ladakhi
Matthew, Mark, and Acts in Saliba
Myanmar Standard Bible in Myanmar (Burmese)
Myanmar Standard Bible (Zawgyi) in Myanmar (Burmese)
Portions of the New Testament in Nali
Portions of the New Testament in Nek (Papua New Guinea)
Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament in Middle Newar
ses Bible in Songhai de Gao in Koyraboro Senni Songhai
Tagalog Contemporary Bible (Filipino)
The New Testament in Islander Creole (English)
World English Bible British Edition (British English)


Sources:

  1. Visual Impairment and Blindness,” World Health Organization.
  2. Statistics on Literacy,” UNESCO.
  3. Report: GSMA Mobile Economy 2015, Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association.
  4. Why Bible Translation?,” Wycliffe.
  5. Thanaka,” Wikipedia.
  6. Country: Myanmar (Burma),” Joshua Project.
  7. #23 on the World Watch List (of persecuted Christians),” Open Door.
  8. 2.3.1 Mobile Money, [mHealth, and 2.4.1 Connected Women,” GSMA Mobile Economy 2015.
  9. Romans 8:19.

Get the Bible in the Languages of Nigeria

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Thanks to the generosity of visionary Bible society and translation partners, YouVersion is pleased to offer several Bibles in the languages of Nigeria, all available through the Bible App. Just tap any of the buttons below to select a Bible in that language:

Yoruba:
Bíbélì Mímọ́
 

Hausa:
Littafi Mai Tsarki
 

Igbo:
Bible Nso
 

Fulfulde:
Alkawal Kesal Nder Fulfulde Caka Naajeeriya


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About the Bible App

The Bible App has been installed on more than 220 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,200 Bible versions, in more than 900 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Now Your Children Can Experience the Bible App for Kids in Japanese!

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Around the world, more than 125 million people speak Japanese.  Today, together with our partner OneHope, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Japanese. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own. Continue Reading…

50 New Bible Versions. 39 New Languages.

See where you fit in.

We live in an extraordinary age. All over the world, people are looking for meaning, seeking answers to life’s big questions. Inevitably, that means many will be discovering the Bible for the first time. The fact that half of the world’s population now has a mobile subscription (up from just one in five 10 years ago) — means that God has entrusted our generation with a historic opportunity:

To one day meet each person with a Bible, wherever they are.

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Of course, when people first encounter the Bible, they can only read it (or listen to it) if they can find it in a language they know. More than a billion people still don’t have the full story of God’s Word in their own language. And of these, 2,000 language communities don’t even have Bible translations started. Thankfully, YouVersion’s visionary Bible society partners are actively working on new translations…and then sharing those Bibles — for free — through the Bible App and at Bible.com:

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The Bible App for Kids Now Speaks Farsi AND Turkish!

We want as many kids as possible to have the opportunity to fall in love with God’s Word in their own heart language. And today, YouVersion and OneHope are thrilled to get to announce the next two languages for the Bible App for Kids: Farsi AND Turkish! Kids already had the option to experience the Bible App for Kids in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Korean, Russian, Spanish, or Indonesian. And as of today, now they can enjoy it in Turkish and Farsi, too! Continue Reading…

Where do you fit in the story God is telling?

The power of God’s Word is reaching the world.

We’re leveraging technology to equip this generation to be the most Bible-engaged people in history. Why? Because we’re convinced that when you invest in reading or listening to Scripture, it has the power to change your life. We know it does… because we’re seeing it happen all over the world.

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I felt like when I read it, it was
speaking TO me, instead of me
just reading the pages of a
book. That was the beginning
of a whole new life for me.
It’s something that gets inside you

and changes you from the
inside out.

—Scott
   Toronto, Canada

Continue Reading…

200 Million Reasons to be Thankful

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There’s a reason we’re so passionate about ensuring that everyone has access to the Bible. For each of us at YouVersion, when we discovered God’s story of love for us in His Word, it changed our lives. Our mission is personal. And this holiday season in particular, we have so many reasons to give God thanks.


Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Colossians 3:16–17, NLT

 

The Bible App has now been installed on over 200 million unique devices. And because of the generosity of our Bible publishing partners, YouVersion is able to offer more than 1,200 Bible versions, in almost 900 languages. All over the world, in countries like Iran, Bulgaria, Uruguay, China, Namibia, and Pakistan — to name just a few — more people than ever before are turning to the Bible to see what God wants to say to them through His Word. That’s reason to celebrate.

God is reaching out to children, too. Two years ago today, we launched the Bible App for Kids with our partner OneHope. And thanks to the work of passionate translation volunteers, today children all over the world are able to enjoy the Bible App for Kids’ stories in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. The Bible App for Kids has now been installed more than 9 million times. We believe that the children who are discovering God’s love for them today will make the world a better place as they share that love with others.

We have so many more things to tell you about all that God is doing through His Word. We’ll share those in the coming weeks, but today, please take time to reflect on what God is doing in your life and in your relationships — and give Him thanks.

Now Your Children Can Experience the Bible App for Kids in Indonesian!

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Around the world, more than 197 million people speak Indonesian. Today, together with our partner OneHope, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Indonesian: The Bible App for Kids. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own.

And with our all-new language selector, now you can select Indonesian as your language of choice — from directly inside the Bible App for Kids! Simply update your app to the most current release, then look under Settings for “Language.” You can choose between Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. The audio will play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

Please help us celebrate this great news!

 

 



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About the Bible App for Kids

Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids is the newest app from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App. Designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on over 8 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and it’s always completely free. Kids from all over the world are now enjoying the Bible App for Kids — in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Korean, Spanish, Russian, and now Indonesian!

Get it now

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What 102 New Bible Versions in 86 New Languages Means… to You

At YouVersion, we have the best jobs in the world. Every day, we do everything we can to help people engage with the Bible. And we get to partner with visionaries, friends who inspire us by actively translating Bibles…and then freely sharing those Bibles with us. And with you. Together, we’re working to make God’s Word available to every person on Earth, no matter where they live or what language they prefer.

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During the last six months alone, our Bible partners have given us 102 new versions and 86 new languages to add to the Bible App. (The complete list appears at the end of this post.) Thanks to their generosity, we’re now able to offer 1,200 versions in 868 languages. Join us. Help us get Bibles to people like this boy in Nepal…

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Maithili is just one language in the batch of 86 we just added. One of the most common languages in India, Maithili is the second most widely used language in Nepal. Maithili is the primary language of 12 million people and a second language to 33 million more. Let that sink in for a moment. For millions of people, the Maithili Bible (provided by Wycliffe) marks the first opportunity they’ve ever had to experience God’s Word in the language of their heart. What will God’s Spirit say to them? To him?

Sources: Ethnologue, Wikipedia

Learn more about Wycliffe’s mission

And help us get Bibles to people like this woman…

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Amharic is another of the 86. In Ethiopia, where this woman lives, 22 million people speak Amharic. Outside Ethiopia, Amharic has another 2.7 million speakers. And for 15 million people, Amharic is their only language. (After Arabic, Amharic is the second-most spoken Semitic language in the world.) The Amharic Bible (or New Amharic Standard Version, provided by Biblica) presents God’s Word to Amharic speakers in an everyday style that’s easy for ordinary people to read and understand. Even in remote areas where people don’t have running water or reliable transportation, many have cell phones, tablets, and other mobile devices — which means they now have the opportunity to experience the Bible in their heart language.

Sources: Wikipedia, Ethnologue

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The Word of God is living and active. His Spirit is on the move all over the world, transforming hearts with life-changing power. Imagine a world where every person can instantly engage with God’s Word in their own language. In the history of our planet, nothing like that has ever even been possible before. But right now, today, for the first time ever, not only is it possible… this dream is within our reach.

What would happen?
We want to find out. Don’t you?

  1. Engage with God’s Word every day. Let it speak to you, change you.
  2. Share the Bible App with everyone you can. Show them what’s already there.
  3. Click through our incredible partners below and see what they’re doing. Let their passion inspire you like it inspires us.

Let’s change the world together.

 

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Our Newest Languages / Bible Versions

See all Bible Versions and Languages

 

Achuar-Shiwiar Achuar-Shiwiar Scripture Wycliffe
Agta, Dupaninan Dupaninan Agta New Testament 2001 Wycliffe
Agta, Umiray Dumaget I bowon a pagpakikasungdu Wycliffe
Amharic Amharic Bible: New Amharic Standard Version Biblica
Amarasi The Word of God: New Testament with Genesis Wycliffe
Arabic, Tunisian Arabic Tunisian New Testament United Bible Societies
Aruamu Aruamu New Testament Pioneer Bible Translators
Asháninka, South Ucayali Asháninka South Ucayali Bible Wycliffe
Awara Awara Bible Portions Wycliffe
Ayta, Mag-antsi The Word of God: The New Testament in Ayta Mag-antsi Wycliffe
Bandial bqj The Bible in Bandial Wycliffe
Bimin Sunbim-Got em Kitakamin Weng Wycliffe
Burarra Our Father’s Good Story: The New Way
that Jesus Christ Brought to Us
Wycliffe
Cishingini New Testament Wycliffe
Dhangu Wangurri Mark Wycliffe
Dutch BasicBijbel Uitgever: ZakBijbelBond 2015
Edolo Edolo Partial Bible Wycliffe
English International Children’s Bible Thomas Nelson
English Metrical Psalms 1650 British & Foreign Bible Society
English (American) World Messianic Bible Public Domain
English (British) World Messianic Bible British Edition Public Domain
Epena Epena Scriptures Wycliffe
Farefare gur New Testament in Ninkare Wycliffe
Fulfulde, Central-Eastern Niger Fulfulde New Testament Wycliffe
Garrwa Garrwa Mini Bible Wycliffe
Gor Ta l❠Luw❠KunmindÄ kÄ SigÄ Wycliffe
Huarijiío The New Testament in Huarijío
(Chihuahua and Sonora, Mexico)
Wycliffe
Ibatan Chirin ni Apo Dyos (No bayo a tolag kan Genesis)
(Naimbag a damag: Iti agdama a panawen)
Wycliffe
Ifugao, Amganad Central (Amganad) Ifugao New Testament Wycliffe
Ifugao, Mayoyao I bowon a pagpakikasungdu Wycliffe
Ika Elu Ọhụn: Ẹkụkwọ-Nsọ (Azụụn Ọhụn rịn’a) Wycliffe
Ikwere Ikwere New Testament Wycliffe
Isnag Ya bíæbíæníçn ne Dios nga nesí_ríçt kiya
baru wa tí_lag Genesis se Exodus
Wycliffe
Ivatan No vayo a Testamento Wycliffe
Kalagan Kalagan New Testament Wycliffe
Kalinga, Limos Ugud apudyus = Ti baro tulag Wycliffe
Kalinga, Southern The Word of God Wycliffe
Kaluli Kaluli partial New Testament Wycliffe
Kankanaey I bowon a pagpakikasungdu Wycliffe
Kankanay (Northern) Word of God Wycliffe
Kapingamarangi Kapungamarangi New Testament Wycliffe
Kasem xsm New Testament in Kasem Wycliffe
Kire The New Testament in Kire Pioneer Bible Translators
Kombio Kambio Wampukuamp Bible Portions Wycliffe
Kombio Kombio Portions Wycliffe
Kriol The Bible in the Kriol of Northern Australia Wycliffe
Kube The New Testament and Psalms in Kube
(Papua New Guinea)
Wycliffe
Kuman Kuman New Testament Wycliffe
Kutu The New Testament in Kutu Pioneer Bible Translators
Lobala loq New Testament in Lobala Wycliffe
Macedonian Macedonian Standard Bible – Slavonic Order Bible Society of Macedonia
Maithili jivən səndesh Wycliffe
Malay, Kupang God’s Word Wycliffe
Mamanwa Ya mga panaba na Diyos Wycliffe
Manobo, Cotabato Kagi nemula (Word of God) Wycliffe
Manobo, Dibabawon Kasulatan to Diyus Wycliffe
Manobo, Ilianen Ke meupiya ne tudtul mekeatag ki Hisu Kristu Wycliffe
Manobo, Western Bukidnon Is begu he paagi: ang pulong sa Dios Wycliffe
Manx Manx Metrical Psalms 1768 British & Foreign Bible Society
Maung Maung Mark Wycliffe
Mayo The New Testament in Mayo
(Sonora and Sinaloa, Mexico)
Wycliffe
Mekeo Mauni Mamaga Iifaga Wycliffe
Mende The New Testament in Mende
(Papua New Guinea)
Wycliffe
Morokodo Morokodo Pioneer Bible Translators
Muyuw The New Testament in Muyuw
(Papua New Guinea)
Wycliffe
Naasioi Kara Naroong-anta Nerakung Kongarana’ Wycliffe
Ndamba The New Testament in Ndamba Pioneer Bible Translators
Ngulu Nguu New Testament Pioneer Bible Translators
Nsenga Nsenga New Testament Bible Society of Zambia
Nunggubuyu Wubuy Shorter Bible Wycliffe
Píçez Dyus Yuwe U_ësesa Wycliffe
Rawa Rawa New Testament Wycliffe
Sambal The Word of God: New Testament Wycliffe
Sambal, Botolan Hay halitíç nin Diyos hay kawkanta boy kawkahalita-an
(The New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs)
Wycliffe
Sango La Bible en Sango courant Bible Society in the Central African Republic
Saposa U Vurungan Rof Foun Ten Gov Nane Jisas Krais Wycliffe
Sena The New Testament in Sena Wycliffe
Shan The Holy Bible in Shan Common Language Thailand Bible Society
Sherpa कोन्छ्‌योककी सुङ Wycliffe
Sinaugoro Ginitago Variguna Wycliffe
Siroi Kuate Tuku Pasa Wycliffe
Subanen (Central) New Testament Wycliffe
Subanon (Western) Kitab Bogu Pasad taluʼ nog Mikpongon Wycliffe
Susu Susu Bible in Arabic Script Pioneer Bible Translators
Tamajaq, Tawallammat Gospel of Jesus-Christ Wycliffe
Tausug The New Testament in Tausug Wycliffe
Tepo Krumen The New Testament in Kroumen Tepo Wycliffe
Toma God’s Book in Toma Pioneer Bible Translators
Tonga (Tonga Islands) Tongan Moulton Bible Bible Society of the South Pacific
Toussian, Southern wib New Testament in Toussian Wycliffe
Warlpiri Warlpiri New Testament Wycliffe
Wayampi New Testament in Wayampi Wycliffe
Welsh New Metrical Psalms 2008 British & Foreign Bible Society
Welsh Welsh Metrical Psalms 1621 British & Foreign Bible Society
Weri Ngönën Pepewer Wycliffe
Wik-Mungkan Wik-Mungkan New Testament Wycliffe
Wiru Weneya Totono Keraisu Yesunomo Wycliffe
Wuvulu-Aua The New Testament in Wuvalu-Aua
(Papua New Guinea)
Wycliffe
Yele The New Testament in Rossel (Yele) of Papua New Guinea Bible League International
Zapotec, Yareni Yareni Zapotec New Testament Wycliffe
Zia Tuwa Yesu Kristora bowi iwaing Wycliffe
Zigula The New Testament in Zigua Pioneer Bible Translators

The Bible App for Kids is Now Available in Dutch!

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YouVersion and OneHope are thrilled to announce the next language for the Bible App for Kids: Dutch. Each time we introduce another language into the Bible App for Kids, children all over the world — and even kids right next door — discover the opportunity to fall in love with God’s Word in their own heart language. The Bible App for Kids is already available in Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, and most recently Russian — with many more languages still to come!

Please help us celebrate this great news!

 

 



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About the Bible App for Kids

The Bible App for Kids is designed to give kids a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Its interactive animations and kid-friendly navigation invite children to explore all 41 of its Bible stories. The Bible App for Kids is available for free on Apple, Android, and Kindle tablets and smartphones:

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