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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.

Now the Bible is an App – Infographic

The Mobile Bible

100 Million Reasons to Celebrate

God is up to something amazing…

The Bible App has reached 100 MILLION installs
on smartphones and tablets around the world!

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The goal to reach 100 million by July 10 wasn’t reasonable. We knew something extraordinary would have to happen for us to get here…and it did. You, the incredible YouVersion community, responded in a huge way. We didn’t just hit our target—we beat it by a few days. Thank you!

YouVersion represents a global coalition of people passionate about helping others engage with God’s Word. To all of the Bible societies and Bible publishers, churches, pastors, and volunteers: thank you for your generosity!

What’s most exciting about this milestone is what it represents: today people are interacting with the Bible on a scale we’ve never witnessed before. It’s awe-inspiring to see what God is doing.

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And we believe this is just the beginning. It starts with 100 million. What would it look like if more than 1 billion people could access God’s Word, anytime, anywhere, and in any language?

Let’s find out together. Ours could truly be the most Bible-engaged generation in history!

 

Giveaways Continue As Bible App Moves Closer to 100 Million Installs

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 9.41.18 AMWith one week to go before our fifth anniversary on July 10, the YouVersion community is sharing the Bible App in historic ways. With less than one million installs to go until we pass 100 million installs, there is a high level of excitement all around. And today, we are ready to give away two more iPad minis:

This week’s winner are YouVersion users:

 Frank M. (FrankMCJR)   and  Steven L. (stevenl1977)

You can take part in this world-changing revolution. And you can be entered to win next week’s iPad mini. It’s easy! Simply share the Bible App right now by opening up the Bible App, tapping the Share section of the menu, and then share away! The more times you share, and the more people you share with, the more opportunities you will have to win. More importantly, God’s Word has the power to change a life, a family, even an entire community…just as it changed yours.

*Certain restrictions apply. Not all prizes are available to be shipped to all countries and all territories.

Giveaway Winners Keep Sharing the Bible App

Screen Shot 2013-06-26 at 9.41.18 AMThe YouVersion community continues to amaze us as they share the Bible App on Twitter, Facebook, by email, and through SMS. Hundreds of thousands of people have been given the opportunity to download the Bible App because you have shared how the Bible App has helped you engage with God’s Word on a daily basis. Thank you for continuing to share!  Each new install represents one more opportunity for someone to discover a deeper connection with God through the Bible.

As we move closer to our fifth anniversary on July 10, and closer to our goal of 100 million installs, we will continue to give away prizes to randomly selected users who are sharing the Bible App. Today, we have two iPad minis ready to ship to the most recent lucky winners:

This week’s winner are YouVersion users:

 Cindy C. (cyndi56)   and  Teressa G. (teressajo)

You can take part in this world-changing revolution. And you can be entered to win next week’s iPad mini. It’s easy! Simply share the Bible App right now by opening up the Bible App, tapping the Share section of the menu, and then share away! The more times you share, and the more people you share with, the more opportunities you will have to win. More importantly, God’s Word has the power to change a life, a family, even an entire community…just as it changed yours.

*Certain restrictions apply. Not all prizes are available to be shipped to all countries and all territories.

Two Weeks to Go! Help the Bible App Reach 100 Million Installs

Excitement is growing as each new install of the Bible App moves us closer to 100 million. Every install represents the possibility of another life changed as one more person connects with God’s Word.

In just two short weeks, on July 10, we will celebrate YouVersion’s fifth anniversary. And we’re seeing people interact with the Bible on a scale we’ve never witnessed before. During an average second in the YouVersion community:

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Clearly, God is doing a new thing…a big thing. And we get to be a part of it! God’s Word has the power to change a life, a family, even an entire community, and it can all begin with something as simple as sharing the Bible App with the people you know.

We’re Giving Away Prizes, Too!

Every Wednesday from today to July 10, we’re holding prize drawings to give away iPads, T-shirts, and gift cards*—just for sharing the Bible App! All you need to do to enter is share the Bible App from inside the app. From your iOS or Android device: tap the slide-out menu and select Share. Then pick Twitter, Facebook, email, or SMS message. It really is that simple! Then keep an eye on our blog (and Twitter and Facebook feeds) for details and winners!

*Certain restrictions apply. Not all prizes are available to be shipped to all countries and all territories.

 

Sharing the App and Our First Giveaway Winner


During our live webcast last week, we invited everyone to join us in sharing the Bible App as we approach the historic milestone of 100 million installs. Our goal is to hit the mark before July 10, the 5th anniversary of the Bible App launching in the App Store. We have been blown away by the response of the YouVersion community so far!

People around the world have been sharing the Bible App on Twitter, Facebook, by email and SMS! Every day, the Bible App moves closer to 100 million installs. You can see the live ticker on our 100 Million Countdown page. And for us, this isn’t just some number. Those are people. Each new install represents one more opportunity for someone to discover a deeper connection with God through His Word.

Every week until July 10, we are giving away an iPad mini.* And today we’re ready to give away the first one!

This week’s winner is YouVersion user: jasonskinner71

You can take part in this world-changing revolution. And you can be entered to win next week’s iPad mini. It’s easy! Simply share the Bible App right now by opening up the Bible App, tapping the Share section of the menu, and then share away! The more times you share, and the more people you share with, the more opportunities you will have to win. More importantly, God’s Word has the power to change a life, a family, even an entire community…just as it changed yours.

*Certain restrictions apply. Not all prizes are available to be shipped to all countries and all territories.

 

Easy Ways to Help the Bible App Reach 100 Million

If you’ve been keeping up with the Bible App lately, then you probably already know that the worldwide YouVersion community is approaching an extraordinary milestone:

100 million installs!

While we’d love to get there by YouVersion’s 5th birthday on July 10, 2013, we need your help to make it happen. Here are 3 easy things you can do right now to let people know about the Bible App:

  1. Share from the Bible App. If you have the most current version of the Bible App for your Android or iOS device, open the main menu and select Share. Then just tap the button and follow the simple instructions. (But even if you can’t get to your Bible App right now, you can still visit our special page, bible.com/100million, where we make it easy to share.)

  2. Show your support. Change your profile picture and cover photos to let your friends and followers know you love the Bible App. Just visit us on Twitter and Facebook, save one of our images, and make it your profile or cover photo. It’s fast and easy!

  3. Watch for opportunities. Wherever you are—hanging out with friends, in line at the grocery story, even at church—keep your eyes open for anyone using a smartphone. Ask them if they like their phone, then ask them if they know about the Bible App. Show them how to find it at bible.com/app or in their app store or, even better, install it for them (with permission, of course).

100 million may sound like a lot, but there are more than 7 billion people on the earth today. We’ve seen God do amazing things in the last 5 years, more than we could have ever asked or imagined. So we believe this is really just the very beginning. We believe that this could be the most Bible-engaged generation in history. And you can help!

Share and Win

Once a week, every Wednesday between now and July 10, we’ll be giving away prizes like iPads, iPad minis, T-shirts, and gift cards* to people who have shared the Bible App. All you need to do be entered in a prize drawing is share from inside the Bible App. Check in with us right here on our blog, and on Twitter and Facebook, for details and winners!

*Certain restrictions apply. Not all prizes are available to be shipped to all countries and all territories.

It Starts with 100 Million

As we announced yesterday during our webcast, the Bible App is approaching an historic milestone: 100 million installs! Each one of those new installs represents the opportunity for a changed life. We’d love to see that happen before the Bible App’s 5th anniversary on July 10, but we can only do it together, as the YouVersion community. You have two easy ways to share:

  1. From your iOS or Android device: Inside your Bible App, tap the slide-out menu and select Share. Then pick Twitter, Facebook, email, or SMS message. It really is that simple!

  2. 100 Million Countdown: Besides offering more easy ways you can share the Bible App, the special counter shows you how close we are to 100 million!

Let’s make history together!

Special Webcast On Tuesday, June 11

Join us—and thousands of others from all over the world—for an online gathering where we’ll share some big news for the Bible App and how you can be a part of it. Also, we’ll be giving away an iPad mini*… and maybe a couple of other surprises!

Visit the link below to start sharing the webcast now. Then be sure you tune in right on time on Tuesday; this will be a short event, and you don’t want to miss anything!

Tuesday, June 11, 11:00am CDT

bible.com/webcast 

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*Prizes available to U.S. residents only. To be entered in the drawings, share the webcast on Twitter, both before and during the event, using #BibleApp.

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