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The Bible App for Kids is Now Available in Thai and Urdu!

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Around the world, more than 28 million people speak Thai, and more than 113 million speak Urdu. Now for the first time ever, your children can experience the Bible App for Kids in either of these languages! Together with our partner OneHope, we want as many kids as possible to have the opportunity to fall in love with God’s Word in their own heart language. The Bible App for Kids is also available in Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin audio with either Simplified or Traditional Characters), Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Turkish.

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And, did you know that the Bible App for Kids lets you switch between languages directly inside the app? To get this great feature, just update your Bible App for Kids to the most current version. After you’ve run the update, look under Settings for “Language,” then select from any of nineteen languages. The audio will play in that language, and any text will appear in that language, too!

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About the Bible App for Kids

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. Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids has already been installed on more than 11 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 Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin audio with either Simplified or Traditional characters), Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, and now… in Thai and Urdu!

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The Bible App is the first app in history to offer text content in 1,000 languages!

The Bible App: First to 1,000 Languages

Our mission is to help people engage with God’s Word. And today, thanks to the generosity of our partners, we’re pleased to announce that language number 1,000 comes to us in a Bible. Bibilia Ilagano Lya Kale 2015 is written in Sukuma, the primary language of 7.6 million people in Tanzania, Africa. As incredible as it is to be announcing this milestone, Sukuma is just one of the 81 new languages and 83 new Bible versions that our partners introduced to the Bible App during the last three months alone. (The full list appears below.)

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We hope that you enjoy the freedom of experiencing God’s Word in your favorite language. If the Bible has impacted your life as profoundly as it has ours, it’s important that you know:

More than a billion people still don’t have a Bible in their language.1

Bible societies, Bible publishers, and copyright holders have worked together to generate a detailed list of which languages do not have their own Bible. Of almost 7,000 languages in the world,2 nearly 2,000 still need translation projects started.3 That sounds like a lot — and it is. But by leveraging today’s technology and communication, it’s within our reach to see the Bible translated into every language…within this generation. And even if you don’t know how to translate, there’s a place for you within this vision:

What if you could help a family like this one get a Bible… just by clicking a button?

“Sukuma People,” photo by paulshaffner, used under Creative Commons license 2.0.

You Can

It was for families just like this one that the Bible Society of Tanzania developed the Bibilia Ilagano Lya Kale 2015, the Bible that brought Sukuma to the Bible App.5 Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa6 — and to almost 55 million people.7 The Bible is living and active8 among Tanzania’s largest people group,9 the 7.6 million Sukuma: 3.2 million of them are professing Christians.10 And now that they can use Bibilia Ilagano Lya Kale 2015 in the Bible App, they can engage with God’s Word wherever they go, and even more easily share it with others.

Why now?

In 2011, more than half of all Tanzanians (32 million) had a mobile device, with mobile services there rapidly on the rise.11 Just as in other parts of the world, affordable smartphones have introduced many Tanzanians to their first computing devices — and to their first internet access.12 In developing countries, smartphones not only connect people with more news and information, but even with education, healthcare, and financial services.13 And with more than half of Tanzania’s population (64%) under age 25,14 it’s more important than ever that we equip this generation with God’s Word right wherever they are — through their mobile devices.

Don’t miss this chance to join in what God is doing in the world.

Bibilia Ilagano Lya Kale 2015 is just one of over 1,300 Bibles —  and Sukuma just one of 1,000 languages — that now help people engage with God’s Word in their own language in the Bible App. We do what we do because the Bible changed our lives. We hope it’s changed your life, too.

Our partners are working to ensure that every person on Earth will have that same opportunity: to experience God’s Word in their own language. What will happen when that vision is fulfilled? Let’s find out! Get involved. Just tap on any of these Bible partners to see how you can become a part of this incredible mission:

American Bible Society American Bible Society
Wycliffe Wycliffe
United Bible Societies United Bible Societies
Biblica Biblica
Bible Society of India Bible Society of India
Bible Society of the Democratic Republic of Congo Bible Society of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Institute for Bible Translation Institute for Bible Translation
Bible Society of Uganda Bible Society of Uganda
Bible Society of Tanzania Bible Society of Tanzania
Bible Society of Cameroon Bible Society of Cameroon
Paraguayan Bible Society Paraguayan Bible Society
Canadian Bible Society Canadian Bible Society
Bible Society in Liberia Bible Society in Liberia
Pioneer Bible Translators Pioneer Bible Translators
Aramaic Bible Translation Aramaic Bible Translation
Bangladesh Bible Society Bangladesh Bible Society
Bible Society of Burkina Faso Bible Society of Burkina Faso
Bible Society in the Central African Republic Bible Society in the Central African Republic
Bible Society of Côte d’Ivoire Bible Society of Côte d’Ivoire
Bible Society of Malawi Bible Society of Malawi
eBible.org eBible.org
Vietnam Partnership Vietnam Partnership

Newest Versions and Languages

‘Abi’uai Apa’uana Mahamahana
Waima

1962 Ndandi New Testament and Psalms
Nande

Adi Bible (Re-edited)
Adi

Aimol New Testament (Re-edited)
Aimol

Alladian New Testament 2003
Alladian

Amri Karbi New Testament
Amri Karbi

Ang Bag-o Nga Kasugtanan
Kinaray-A

Anut san Bilaluŋ Foun
Takia

Apatani New Testament
Apatani

Baibuli Erikwera 1964
Nyankole

Biete Bible
Biete

Lusoga Bible with Deuterocanon
Soga

Biblia Enxet (Lengua Sur)
Enxet

Chakhesang Chokri New Testament
Chokri Naga

Chechen Bible
Chechen

Chiyawo Bible
Yao

Chothe New Testament
Chothe Naga

Crimean Tatar Bible
Crimean Tatar

Datoga New Testament
Datooga

Dii New Testament
Dii

Ekajuk New Testament
Ekajuk

Enhlit Bible
Lengua

Galo New Testament
Galo

God Ye Weng Karadmo
Yongkom

God’s Holy Book
Baga Sitemu

God’s Holy Book in Sankaran
Sankaran Maninka – Sankaran

Jola-Kasa New Testament
Jola-Kasa

Kagulu New Testament
Kagulu

Kaninuwa Scripture Portions
Kaninuwa

Kapsiki Bible with Deuterocanon
Psikye

Kele (Lokele) New Testament 1958
Kele (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Khakas New Testament
Khakas

Kikwango New Testament 1950
Kituba (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Kilega New Testament 1957
Lega-Mwenga

Kogi New Testament
Cogui

Kok Borok Bible (Re-edited)
Kok Borok

Komrem Bible Revised
Kom (India)

Kpelle Bible
Liberia Kpelle

ksp Bible in Kaba
Kaba

Kuku-Yalanji Bible
Kuku-Yalanji

Kumam Bible with Deuterocanon
Kumam

Kumyk New Testament
Kumyk

Le Nouveau Testament en Gbaya
Southwest Gbaya

Loma New Testament
Loma (Liberia)

Luganda Revised Bible
Ganda

Maring C.L. Bible
Maring Naga

Masanbo Bible (Re-edited)
Liangmai Naga

Moore Bible with Deuterocanon
Mossi

Ngombe New Testament 1961
Ngombe (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Nivaclé Bible
Nivaclé

Nogai New Testament
Nogai

Nouveau Testament en Langue Kroumen Plapo (Plaawin) de Côte d’Ivoire
Plapo Krumen

Nouveau Testament en Luba-Kalebwe 1952
Songe

Nyishi Bible
Nyishi

Ojibwe Shorter Bible (Roman Script)
Ojibwe: Saulteaux (Western) – Nakawēmowin

Ojibwe Shorter Bible (Syllabic Script)
Ojibwe: Saulteaux (Western) – Nakawēmowin

Oniyan New Testament and Old Testament portions
Bassari

Pere New Testament
Peere

Pochury Naga Bible
Pochuri Naga

Rade Revised Bible
Rade

Rote Tii New Testament and Genesis
Tii

Santali Common Language New Testament
Santali

Scriptures in Misima-Paneati
Misima-Panaeati

Selections from Genesis in the Hanga language
Hanga

Sukuma Bible 2015
Sukuma

Takuu New Testament
Takuu

Tangkhul Naga C.L. Bible (Re-edited)
Tangkhul Naga (India)

Tangsa Holy Bible
Tase Naga

Tatar Bible
Tatar

The Bible in the Tuvan Language
Tuvan

The Gospel of Luke
Even

The Holy Book of God in the Balochi Language
Southern Balochi – Southern Balochi (Roman)

The Holy Book of God in the Balochi Language
Southern Balochi

The New Testament in Longando
Ngando (Democratic Republic of Congo)

The New Testament in Mongo-Nkundu 1958
Mongo

The New Testament in the Akeu Language
Akeu

The New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Psalms in Assyrian
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic

Urat New Testament
Urat

Urim-Kalpm New Testament
Urim

Usan New Testament
Usan

Wantoat New Testament
Wantoat

Waris Bible
Waris

Yupik Bible
Central Yupik


Sources:

  1. Mission,” Every Tribe Every Nation.
  2. How many languages are there?” BBC.
  3. Mission,” Every Tribe Every Nation.
  4. Sukuma People,” photo by paulshaffner, used under Creative Commons license 2.0. (Mr. Shaffner is not affiliated with YouVersion or with the Bible Society of Tanzania.)
  5. Bibilia Ilagano Lya Kale 2015, Bible.com.
  6. Tanzania: Geography,” Wikipedia.
  7. Country: Tanzania,” Joshua Project.
  8. Hebrews 4:12.
  9. Sukuma (People),” Encyclopædia Brittanica.
  10. Sukuma in Tanzania,” Joshua Project.
  11. Communications: Telephone system” and “Telephones – mobile cellular,” CIA Factbook: Tanzania.
  12. “2.2 Mobile driving innovation across the world,” GSMA Global Mobile Economy Report 2016, p. 25.
  13. “Mobile plays key role in socio-economic development,” GSMA Global Mobile Economy Report 2016, p. 4.
  14. People and Society: Age structure,” CIA Factbook: Tanzania.

Join Anne Graham Lotz for the global “God Speaking” event, August 1-8.

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In the Scriptures, when God’s people listen together as His Word is read aloud, revival takes place. What would happen if we did that today? To answer that question, evangelist and best-selling author Anne Graham Lotz and Faith Comes By Hearing® invite you to join us for “God Speaking.”

From August 1 to August 8, join with hundreds of thousands of believers all around the world as we listen to Scripture one hour a day for 8 historic days. To help you listen wherever you are, the Bible App has two versions of the God Speaking Bible Plan.

God Speaking

Anne Graham Lotz and Faith Comes By Hearing

In these days of chaos and confusion, hopelessness and helplessness, what would happen if everyone hit life’s pause button and made time to listen to what God has to say? Anne Graham Lotz and Faith Comes By Hearing® invite you to listen to God’s Word together with hundreds of thousands of believers around the globe for 8 historic days.

Click the version you’d like to use below, then tap “Save for Later” to add it to your Saved Plans. Then on August 1, join us by returning to your Saved Plans and tapping “Start This Plan.”

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60 Minutes, Once per Day

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30 Minutes, Twice per Day

 


Learn more about the God Speaking event.

Thank a Dad today.

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…Father to the fatherless,
defender of widows—
this is God, whose dwelling is holy.

PSALM 68:5 NLT

Thank God for dads.

Think back on the “father figures” in your life. Who are the men who have helped you? Maybe someone spoke into your life with wisdom, or showed you kindness when you needed it. Whether it was your own dad — or a teacher, neighbor, or family friend — who was there for you?

For every special Dad in your life, why not send him Scripture to let him know how much he means to you? Call him. Text him with a Verse Image, or even post one on his Facebook page. We’ve included a few of our favorite inspirational passages below to get you started. (Just tap one of the buttons beneath a Verse Image to share it.)


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Joshua 1:9

…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV)

 


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Ephesians 6:10-11

…be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (NIV)

 


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Proverbs 20:7

The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him! (ESV)

 

Become a Dad Who Inspires.

If you’re a dad looking for godly insight for how you can inspire the people who matter most to you, we’ve put together a list of several Bible Plans that can help you:

 1 12 Leadership Ideas to Do with Your Kids
Dr. Tim Elmore and Growing Leaders, 12 days
 2 Jesus-Centered Family Devotions
Lifetree & Group, 7 days
 3 UNCOMMEN Role Models
UNCOMMEN, 5 days
 4 Learning to Lead Like Jesus
iDisciple, 7 days
5 Becoming a Fulfilled Father
Manhood Journey, 8 days
 6 Chris Tomlin: Good Good Father Devotional
Chris Tomlin & Capitol CMG/sixstepsrecords, 5 days
 7 Called to Greatness
Jimmy Page and Dan Britton, 4 days

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

Today, together with our partner OneHope, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Bible App for Kids in Afrikaans. Now, more children than ever have the opportunity to enjoy a Bible experience all their own.

Switching between languages is easy, right in the app’s Settings! Just make sure you’ve updated your app to the most current release, then look under Settings for “Language.” Choose between Afrikaans, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin audio with either Simplified or Traditional Characters), Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. 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 11 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 (Mandarin audio with either Simplified or Traditional characters), Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and now… in Afrikaans!

Get it now

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Bible App Android Update: Audio, Tablet, and Offline Features

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Bible App for Android update:

Listen more, see more, and do more offline.

At YouVersion, we never stop working to bring you the best Bible experience we can. And while we don’t usually announce every update we make to the Bible App, the features in our latest Android release are worth celebrating. (Many of these same features are also available in the most recent release of the Bible App for iOS.) Tap below to update now, or keep reading to see why we’re so excited!

Update Now


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Listen how you want, however long you want.

All-new audio Bible controls let you adjust your playback speed.1 Make God’s Word the soundtrack to your life: start the Bible App reading to you, and use the new Timer to tell it how long to play.


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Breathe new life into your tablet.

Enjoy the same features you already love on your Android phone, now optimized to take full advantage of your tablet.2 Study versions side by side with the all-new Split Screen parallel Bible feature for Android. This is the best Bible experience we’ve ever offered for Android tablets, with better performance and smoother transitions between screens.



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Your Plans for today, made clear.

We’ve made the ‘Day’ view for Bible Plans simpler than ever. Now when you tap on one of your subscribed Plans, the Bible App shows you everything you need to flow smoothly through today’s selection: devotional content, Bible passages, calendar, and more.


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Connect with Scripture… even offline.

Great opportunities to engage daily with God’s Word often happen when you don’t have a reliable Internet connection: on trains, on airplanes, or when you’re enjoying the outdoors. That’s why many Bible App features now also work offline. Sometime when you do have a connection, take just a few minutes to download a few Bible versions and subscribe to a Bible Plan (or several), and you’ll have them whenever you need them, even offline.3 And when you’re able to reconnect again later, the Bible App will sync your offline activity to your YouVersion account, making it available on all your devices.


Updating is easy.

This new release also includes several other improvements: bottom navigation that conforms to Google’s Material design specification, more refined control over your language settings, and a smoother sign in / sign up experience. Even with all of these improvements, we still managed to reduce the app’s size! How can you take advantage of all these great new features?

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1Adjustable playback speed available on devices running Android version 6.0 (Marshmallow) and newer.

2Although optimized for Android tablets running versions 5.0 and 5.1 (Lollipop) and 6.0 (Marshmallow), all versions will see noticeable improvements.

3Audio Bibles not available offline.

How a single Bible verse can unite your family

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Looking for a great way to lead your family spiritually?

Start with Scripture.

Do you have a Family Verse? A Family Verse serves as a compass point for your family, a helpful reminder of the principles that you value most together. Your Family Verse can be a single Bible verse or even a short passage that you choose together as a family, memorize together, and discuss how to live out—together.


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Share your Family Verse as a Verse Image, and your family could win.

Creating a Verse Image is easy in the Bible App. Just tap a passage to select it, then tap the orange Image icon. Many popular verses already have Verse Images that you can choose, designed by professional graphic artists. (We included some examples for you below.) If you’d rather make your own, select one of our background images or choose a picture from your own photo roll. Customize your image with fonts, colors, and other effects. Tap Save, then Share.

Share your Family Verse Image with us on Instagram, Twitter, or at Facebook.com/YouVersion. Just be sure you include the hashtag #OurFamilyVerse so we can find your entry!*


Some Family Verse Ideas


Verse Image: John 12:13, New International Version

Verse Image: Romans 6:23, English Standard Version

Verse Image: Isaiah 25:8, New Living Translation

Verse Image: Matthew 20:28, New Living Translation

Verse Image: Isaiah 53:5, New Living Translation

Verse Image: Romans 5:8, New International Version

Verse Image: Romans 8:11, New Living Translation

Tell us: What does the Bible mean to your family?

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Tell us your family’s Bible stories.

…I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…

ROMANS 1:16, NIV

For this, the third day of Family Bible Week, we’d like to hear a story from you about what the Bible means to your family. Maybe you have an inspiring story about how you’ve used one of our apps together as a family—the Bible App or Bible App for Kids. Or maybe you’d like to share how the Bible led your family to faith in God.

As long as your story is about the Bible and your family, we’d love to hear it.

You’re welcome to include pictures with your story if you want. Or, if you’d like to make a short video to tell us your family’s Bible story, we’d love to see it. Choose one of these two ways to get your story to us and we’ll share some of them on our blog this week*:


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*When you submit your story, all content provided may be used publicly in whole or in part at the discretion of YouVersion. YouVersion reserves the right to edit your written content for length and spelling.

Thank a Mom today, the first day of Family Bible Week

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What better way to kick off Family Bible Week than to celebrate moms? Maybe it’s your mom. Maybe it’s a friend, a confidante who’s always there with great life advice, right when you need it. Or maybe you’ve noticed a neighbor who takes great care of her kids.

For every special Mom in your life, why not send her Scripture to let her know how much she inspires you? Call her. Text her with a Verse Image, or even post one on her Facebook page. Just take a moment to tell the moms in your life how much they mean to you. Here are a few of our favorite inspirational passages to get you started:

Verse Images for Mom

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1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking… (NIV)

 

 

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Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)

 

 

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Proverbs 31:10

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. (NIV)

 

 

Family Bible Week Begins Sunday, May 8

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Beginning Sunday, May 8, Family Bible Week is our annual celebration to help your family grow together around God’s Word. You’ll get free resources that your family can use to encourage one another. We’ll share our favorite tips for how you can lead your family spiritually. Along the way, we’ll even award some fun prize packs that families can enjoy together.

  • Delight the special Moms in your life with lovely Bible art made specially for them.
  • Discover which Bible Plans we recommend for families to experience together.
  • Learn how your family can become “that” family — the one that inspires others.
  • Begin planting seeds today that will yield fruit across your family for generations to come.
  • Find out the role that fun plays in fueling your family’s faith.

Start spreading the word: Family Bible Week is back! (Also… did we mention prizes?)

 

 

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You can also check back with our blog as well as our social media to follow along each day of Family Bible Week.

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