The Bible App has now been installed on a quarter of a billion unique devices. Many apps come and go. But thanks to you, the worldwide YouVersion community, the Bible App continues to thrive and grow. The Bible App was one of the first 200 apps in Apple’s app store debut, and still more people come to rely on the Bible App every day, all around the world.
We also thank God for the truth and life that the Bible promises:
It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Isaiah 55:11 NLT
Together, this was our biggest year ever. Again.
Thanks in large part to everyone who partners with us — visionary Bible publishers and societies, Bible translators, content providers, and hundreds of volunteers — we are privileged to be able to offer more opportunities for people to experience the Bible than ever before. In fact, in every category that we measure, the global YouVersion community has been more engaged with the Bible throughout 2016 than in any previous year.
We now offer Bibles in 1,045 languages.
The Bible App is the first app in history to offer text content in over 1,000 languages. And Bible engagement is increasing all over the world. People are turning to the Bible App to explore God’s Word even in some places you might not expect:
While Cameroon’s highest usage is split between its official languages — French (50%), and English (47%) — Bibles in regional languages such as Fulfulde, Bulu, and Mandang are increasing in popularity.
Although the Bible App features 26 Bibles in languages commonly spoken in Indonesia, our four Bahasa Indonesian language Bibles are the most popular. Usage for the most popular version, Indonesian New Translation, is almost evenly split between online and offline.
Even as users continue engaging with Scripture in Portuguese (the official language of Mozambique) and in English, Bibles in Tsonga, Chichewa, and Sena are also seeing significant growth.
Shortly after the Nepali New Revised Version and the New Testament in Eastern Tamang became available in the Bible App, users in Nepal began discovering them, prompting one of the most rapid increases in Bible reading in a heart language that we’ve ever seen.
Bible App use in Tanzania is increasing, both in installs and in daily active use. Almost half of that use is offline. Usage of Swahili language Bibles increased during 2016, from 15% of total usage to 40%.
Bible Engagement in 2016
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Celebrate with us!
Let’s celebrate our biggest year yet as a global community. Which verse was shared the most during 2016? What happens every second in the Bible App? How far would 250 million iPhone Pluses reach? Where in the world are people using the Bible App? Which verses were the most popular in other countries? What can you do to be a part of changing the world? Find out at our 250 Million Celebration website.
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What would happen if every person in the world who wanted a Bible could have one?
Let’s find out together.
We’re pouring our lives into equipping this generation to become the most Bible-engaged in history. And we’re inviting you to join us. When you give to YouVersion, you’re investing in bringing God’s kingdom and His will to earth, today. Take part in what God is doing in the world. Together, we could see this vision fulfilled in our lifetimes.
Spread the Word.
Help us spread the good news by sharing our celebration web page with your friends. YouVersion’s 250 Million Celebration is a terrific opportunity for you to introduce new people to the Bible App!
This Giving Tuesday, a social movement that helps people give back by donating time, money, or influence to a cause that they feel passionate about. Giving Tuesday is celebrated the Tuesday after Cyber Monday as a day to encourage kindness and generosity.
The Bible App is always completely free, without any advertising or hidden costs. At YouVersion, we do what we do because God’s Word has the power to transform lives. We hope that engaging with God’s Word through the Bible App has drawn you closer to him. We’d encourage you to take the next step in your journey: Help other people share in that same experience by giving to YouVersion.1
1 You can also give directly inside the Bible App. Simply tap Menu, About, Donate.
Help others in your YouVersion community.
Volunteering is another way that you can participate in YouVersion’s mission. All around the world, people from all walks of life are helping more people engage with the Bible: by helping us localize the Bible App into their language, by providing technical support to other Bible App users, and by helping our communications team review and manage content. You can help, too. All you need is an Internet connection, a little time, and a passion for using your gifts to serve others. Tap to learn more.
Help us spread the Word.
Share that you gave, and encourage your family and friends to join you in giving back on #GivingTuesday. Tell them why you support YouVersion, and remember to include the hashtag #MyGivingStory, so other people will be able to see your story.
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The essential app for all your new devices.
Wherever you go, take God’s Word with you. Hopefully, you already have the Bible App on all your Android, Apple, and Amazon devices. Even on your laptop and other computers, think of Bible.com as the Bible App for them.
For all your new devices — including the ones still on their way for the holidays — chances are good we have a Bible App for them, too. You can find the Bible App in all kinds of places, such as on Amazon devices, Apple TV, and Apple Watch, to name just a few. Check bible.com/app or search for “Bible” in your device’s app store to see what we have for you.
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|Don’t forget to get the Bible App for Kids on all your kids’ new devices — so they can start enjoying it as soon as they get them unwrapped!
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Are you ready for Christmas?
In the busyness of the holiday season, it’s easy to become so distracted that we forget why we’re even celebrating: the gift of Immanuel, “God with us.” Advent begins today, November 27, giving us the four weeks leading up to Christmas to reflect on the miracle of God choosing to enter the world in human form.
Please join us in spreading the message of God’s love for all people by sharing this Verse Image. We’ve even included some example text below to help you decide what you want to say.
Today is the first day of #Advent. Let’s get ready for Christmas! http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html
Will you join me in starting an #Advent Plan in the Bible App? http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html
I’m getting my heart ready for Christmas with an #Advent Bible Plan. http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html
Are you ready for Christmas? I’m starting with a YouVersion Bible Plan. #Advent http://share.bible.com/2016-11-advent/get-ready-for-christmas-en.html
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We have many reasons to give God thanks.
For each of us at YouVersion, when we discovered God’s story of love for us in His Word, it changed our lives. That’s why we’re so passionate about helping people engage with Bible. And today, all over the world, more people than ever before are turning to the Bible to see what God wants to say to them through His Word. That’s a great reason to celebrate!