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The Bible App for Kids Celebrates Its First Anniversary

The Bible App for Kids is 1 YEAR OLD!

The Bible App for Kids launched one year ago on Thanksgiving 2013. Throughout the past year, children all over the world have been discovering God’s Word through a unique Bible experience all their own. Designed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids has been installed on more than 4 million unique devices in 218 different countries. Kids have already spent more than 10 million minutes exploring more than 20 delight-filled stories.

It’s thrilling to see so many little ones growing in their love for God’s Word, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it shapes their generation. We’re also pretty excited about some recent and upcoming additions to the app.

More stories are coming. Next up will be “A Hairy Tale,” the Old Testament story of redemption about Samson, the man with long hair and miraculous strength.

More languages are coming, too. The Bible App for Kids launched a Spanish version this summer, then added Chinese and Korean just days ago, bringing new ways for kids to engage with God’s Word in the language of their hearts, no matter where they live. In the coming months, even more languages will be making their debut — like Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, and Arabic.

 

About the Bible App for Kids

If you already have the Bible App for Kids, simply open the app and tap the icon for “Waters Part and Walls Fall.” But even if you don’t have the Bible App for Kids yet, it’s easy to get, and always completely free.

Installed on more than 4 million devices, the Bible App for Kids comes from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App™. In partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids was specifically designed to provide your children with a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. Here are all the places where you can get the Bible App for Kids:

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Website: bible.com/kids

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“Waters Part and Walls Fall”: The Newest Story in the Bible App for Kids

The newest story in the Bible App for Kids shows God’s people entering the promised land. It’s based on Numbers 13-14, Joshua 2-3, and Joshua 5-6 in the Old Testament. Moses sends 12 spies to explore the land flowing with milk and honey. Two return ready to trust God’s promise, but the other ten convince the people it’s just too dangerous. Years later, Joshua leads the next generation into Canaan with the ark of the Lord, and the Jordan River stops flowing for them, allowing them to cross on dry land.

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As the Israelites approach the walled city of Jericho, the Lord’s messenger gives Joshua their “battle” instructions. They march around the city for seven days, carrying the ark and blowing their trumpets. When they finish marching on the last day, God’s people shout, and Jericho’s walls fall down for them.

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About the Bible App for Kids

If you already have the Bible App for Kids, simply open the app and tap the icon for “Waters Part and Walls Fall.” But even if you don’t have the Bible App for Kids yet, it’s easy to get, and always completely free.

Installed on more than 4 million devices, the Bible App for Kids comes from YouVersion, makers of the Bible App™. In partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids was specifically designed to provide your children with a delight-filled Bible experience all their own, here are all the places where you can get the Bible App for Kids:

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Website: bible.com/kids

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Today, Celebrate “International Day of the Bible” with Believers All Over the World

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Today, November 24, is International Day of the Bible. The YouVersion community shows passion for Scripture every day, but this is a special opportunity to celebrate and point people to the story of God’s unrelenting love for us. At noon, wherever you are, join people from all over the world as together we share and spread our love for the Bible.

  • Use the Bible App’s Share tools to show your friends what you’re reading or listening to on Facebook, Twitter, and Path, or by text or email.
  • Pass your Bible around and read a passage aloud together with your friends.
  • Post a screen capture on Instagram from your kids’ favorite story in the Bible App for Kids.

And share what inspires you.

As you take some time in God’s Word today, share publicly about what the Bible has meant in your life. And when you share online, use the hashtag #BibleCelebration, so everyone will be able to follow along as we celebrate Scripture together.

 

Now You Can Get the Bible App for Kids in Chinese and in Korean

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For the first time ever, now kids can enjoy the Bible App for Kids in Chinese and Korean! Simply install it, and the Bible App for Kids determines which language it shows (and plays) based on the default for your device — English, Spanish, Chinese, or Korean.

As kids from all over the world interact with animations designed to bring Bible stories to life in their own language, they’ll be falling in love with God’s Word.  If you have friends who speak Chinese or Korean, please share this great news with them!

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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™. Developed in partnership with OneHope, the Bible App for Kids was specifically designed to give children a delight-filled Bible experience all their own. It’s already been installed on more than 4 million Apple, Android, and Kindle devices, and the Bible App for Kids is always completely free.

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Bobby Gruenewald, Founder of YouVersion, Meets Pope Francis

Bobby Gruenewald, founder of YouVersion, recently had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis.

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After they were introduced, Bobby presented Pope Francis with an iPhone with the Bible App and the Bible App for Kids installed on it. Later, Bobby met with other leaders at the Vatican, sharing with them the history of YouVersion and discussing practical ways that believers can work together to help even more people engage with God’s Word.

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YouVersion community passes monumental milestone . . .

20 Million Completed Bible Plans

Plans make your daily Bible reading easy and convenient.

We hear it from the YouVersion community all the time: Bible Plans have radically improved your consistency in connecting with God’s Word every day. But at 20 million completions, we’re only getting started. We add terrific new Plans all the time, along with new features designed to help you find the best Plans for your needs:

See what’s new, and what’s classic.
A convenient addition to your Bible App Home screen now shows our currently featured Plans. While many of the Plans we spotlight are new, we also love sharing popular favorites that you might enjoy. Anytime you spot a Plan that intrigues you, just tap it to learn more.

Discover your next favorite.
Many of our newer Bible Plans now feature high-resolution images that make browsing for your next Plan a pleasure. And with hundreds of Bible Plans to choose from, images can help you find what you’re looking for faster.

Find inspiration from your Friends.
Every Bible Plan has its own page, one stop telling what it covers, how many days it lasts, and more — like which of your Friends are currently subscribed to a plan, which Friends have completed it, and how many people overall in the YouVersion community have completed it. Seeing which Plans your Friends are enjoying is a great way to find Plans you might also like.

It’s all in your latest update.

If you have your device set to update your apps automatically, all of these great new features are already waiting for you inside the Bible App. But if not, simply update your Bible App to the latest version.

Find your next Bible Plan

2014 Scripture Impact Award Goes to LifeChurch.tv Pastor

On September 27, at a special ceremony at LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma City, Bob Creson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wycliffe Bible Translators, presented the 2014 Scripture Impact Award to Bobby Gruenewald, pastor and innovation leader at LifeChurch.tv. The award recognizes the work Bobby and the YouVersion team have done to  contribute to Scripture engagement and to bring an end to Bible illiteracy. Here’s video from that event:

Wycliffe created the Scripture Impact Award in 2003 to honor the late Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ International, in celebration of his love for the Lord and the Scriptures. Past recipients have included Billy Graham, Rick Warren, Luis Palau, Cynthia and Chuck Swindoll, Drs. Lois and Tony Evans, Caroline and Bunker Hunt, and  Dr. Barry Black.

To celebrate the Scripture Impact Award, LifeChurch.tv developed The Impact of Scripture Bible Plan, which Wycliffe translated for YouVersion into five additional languages: Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese.

Now installed on more than 155 million unique devices, the Bible App is what it is today only because millions of people all over the world use it every day to engage with the Bible—and with each other. Translators have dedicated much of their lives to bringing God’s Word to life in different languages. Bible societies and publishers have generously offered their translations to the worldwide YouVersion community. And people just like you volunteer to translate Bible Plans and the Bible App’s interface into the language of their hearts, so that others can share in its joy.

Now Playing in the Bible App: NASB Audio

Now, for the first time ever, the Bible App is offering an audio version of the NASB! This crisp, clear audio Bible was recorded to feel like a close friend reading God’s Word to you. Listen to the NASB anywhere you use the Bible App, all thanks to the generosity of The Lockman Foundation and AudioBibleDownloads.com.

NASB now offers an audio versionTo start listening to your NASB, from anywhere in the Bible Reader:

  • Tap the Bible version abbreviation at the top.
    Note: Speaker icons indicate versions that offer audio.
  • Tap NASB. The Reader displays again, now with NASB selected.
  • Tap the speaker icon at the bottom.
  • Tap the play button.

Tip: Since audio Bibles are streamed—and not stored directly on your device—they’re best experienced over a Wi-Fi connection. If you don’t have Wi-Fi available when you listen, be aware of your plan’s data limits and restrictions.

 

1,000 Bible Versions: See the Bigger Picture

If you use the Bible App, then you’re an important part of a global milestone:

YouVersion now offers more than 1,000 Bible versions,
in more than 700 languages.

Imagine millions of people all over the world, gathering together in unity around God’s Word. But even that offers just a glimpse of all that this milestone could mean. So we’ve put together this special infographic for you, to help give context for this genuinely historic event:

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The 1,000th version is Deftera Lfida Dzratawi (XEDNT), the first digital translation of the New Testament into Hdi (pronounced huh-DEE). Read on our blog about how its translators discovered a lost Hdi word that perfectly describes God’s love!

 

And the 1,000th Bible Version is…

The YouVersion community has now reached a truly global milestone: The Bible App just added its 1,000th Bible version! With Bibles available in more than 700 languages, that means that millions of people are now reading God’s Word in the language of their hearts, together.

Version number 1,000 is Deftera Lfida Dzratawi (XEDNT), the first digital translation of the New Testament into Hdi (pronounced huh-DEE), a language spoken mostly in Cameroon and neighboring Nigeria. Generously provided to the YouVersion community by Wycliffe, this Bible’s translation is an incredible story of perseverance and love decades in the making…

Completed Deftera Lfida Dzratawi NT, delivered to Hdi in late 2013

The Deftera Lfida Dzratawi is Living and Active

A seed planted. In the 1970’s, John was a Christian from the Mafa language group who felt God calling him to move his family to live among the Hdi people in the mountains of Cameroon. Together, John and his family lived out his vision to learn Hdi and to share the Gospel with its people, eventually leading a small group of 12- and 13-year-old boys to a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Savior.

The faithful continue watering. In 1987, Beth Gathman and Cindy Langermann came to live among the Hdi people, hoping to lay the groundwork for an eventual Hdi language Bible. By that time, two of the boys from John’s original small group, Philip and Steven, had grown into young men. These first generation Hdi Christians taught Beth and Cindy how to speak the language, then continued working with them to analyze and document its various structures.

When Beth and Cindy moved on to other careers in 1995, Lee and Tammi Bramlett moved their family to Cameroon to continue the work. And Philip and Steven were right there to welcome them, determined to help see the translation through, so that the nearly 45,000 Hdi speakers in Cameroon and Nigeria could  have a Bible that was truly their own.

In Hdi: Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn 14:6)

The harvest realized. Translators completed the Hdi text in partnership with SIL International and the Cameroon Association for Bible Translation and Literacy, and in September 2012, the Deftera Lfida Dzratawi was typeset. After printing and shipping, the final XEDNT was joyfully delivered to the Hdi people in a special dedication ceremony in December 2013.

Hdi hold the NT, translated into their own language, for the 1st time

A New Kind of Love

The Hdi people deeply value humility, hospitality, and love. But the Hdi who assisted in the translation were surprised to discover a new way to apply a word that was known but rarely used. Hdi had a word for love, dvi, that means you once felt love for someone, but that love had faded over time. Hdi also had another, more common word for love, dva, that means you love someone because they do things for you. But when the Hdi reexamined a word seldom used in their language, dvu, which means to love someone unconditionally, no matter who they are or what they do, they discovered a whole new way they could apply it to their lives: recognizing it as the way that God loves them. Now the Hdi are convinced that dvu has the power to transform their entire culture.

Hdi reach toward the Deftera Lfida Dzratawi as they pray at its dedication


Names changed to protect the privacy of these individuals.

Did you know…

  • 87% of Christians with Internet access can read or listen to the Bible in their own language on the Bible App?
  • The Bible App offers text in more languages than any other app?
  • If you stacked 1,000 Bibles on top of each other, they’d be as tall as Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue?

See the full infographic…

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