This is it: Your chance to be a part of Bible history.

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For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” …But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?

Romans 10:13-14

A few months ago, we introduced you to the #BibleForEveryone challenge,1 inviting you to join us in the historical move of God already underway: helping visionary ministries get God’s Word translated for the billion-plus people who still don’t have it. English speakers can select from 50 different versions in the Bible App, but did you know…?

Thousands of the world’s active languages still don’t even have a complete New Testament.

Some languages have portions of Scripture, maybe a chapter or two of the Bible, but many still have no Scripture at all. Translating the Bible into a new language used to require decades. But today, by collaborating on new processes, innovating with new technologies, and sharing resources, visionary Bible translation organizations have drastically reduced that cycle — in many cases to just a few years.

Now, the world is about to change.

Last year, Bible translators from around the globe set the shared goal of translating at least the New Testament for 99.9% of the world’s population by the year 2033. Just think about what that means. Consider one of the last things Jesus said to his disciples after his resurrection, just before he ascended into heaven:

“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.…”

Mark 16:15

Don’t miss out.

If Bible translators reach their goal, not only will that command be possible, but it will be fulfilled within our lifetimes. What will happen when every person on earth has the same opportunity to experience the life-changing power of God’s Word that we already enjoy? Become a part of the Bible history taking place right now, and let’s find out!

Kingja People

We’re in.

At YouVersion, we believe that with your help, we can see Bible translation accelerated even further. We’re already working closely with Bible translation partners to identify high-impact projects that translators could complete quickly with just a little more funding. Life.Church is in, too: committing to match up to $1 million of all contributions the worldwide YouVersion community makes toward Bible translation over the next four years.2

Are you in?

Thanks to the generosity of those who supported our first project, very soon, almost 75,000 people in Zambia will be enjoying the book of Acts in their native language…for the first time ever. Today, we’re announcing our next project:

Help the Kinga people of Tanzania complete their New Testament by the end of 2017.

About 140,000 Kinga people live in Tanzania. The Kinga are primarily subsistence farmers, growing potatoes, wheat, peas and maize. Many Kinga identify as Christian, and they enjoy reading and listening to Scripture in church and hearing it read on the radio. Unfortunately, although a Kinga translation of the New Testament was first printed in 1961, that version is no longer available. In addition, the Kinga language has changed so much since that publication that most Kinga people today would struggle to read it.

They’ve already started.

The Kinga are working now with Bible translation ministries to create their own complete, easy-to-read New Testament, expected to be ready before the end of this year. This modern version will be stored online, so it will always be available, now and to future generations, in smartphone, web, and print formats. You can help them finish:

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Let’s wipe out Bible poverty together.

In the coming months, we’ll continue sharing with you about the other projects for which we’ll be matching funds, and we’ll update you on each project’s progress. Get in now on this worldwide move of God. Pray and ask Him to continue accelerating the work of translating His Word into every language. Ask Him to prepare the hearts of those who will be hearing about Him for the first time. And give.

Then one day, you’ll have the great joy of standing before God’s throne and seeing some of the very people that your gift helped bring there:

After this I looked, and there in front of me was a multitude that no one could count, people from every tribe and every nation.

Revelation 7:9a


Notes

1 Refer to original blog post: “History is being made, right now. Be a part of it.”

2 All contributions received through the #BibleForEveryone campaign will be used exclusively for the purpose of Bible translation. Life.Church is contributing $1 million over the next four years. During calendar year 2017, Life.Church is contributing $250,000, spread across four different, high-impact translation projects. As each project is completed, any remaining funds are then applied toward the next translation project, as selected by YouVersion and its partners. (See original blog post for full details.)

Video: Players from this Weekend’s Game Talk about the Bible App

Sunday, February 5, will be the biggest day of the year in American sports. And, although the top two teams in American football are facing off as rivals on the field, several players from both sides share a love for the Bible. Now, thanks to YouVersion partner The Increase, listen to some of the players from today’s game telling why they love the Bible App:

…when I wake up in the morning, I just grab my phone, log on to the app, and I can read it before I get out of bed.
DEVIN MCCOURTY, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

It’s just easy to pull out your phone — any inspiration you need, whatever struggles you’re going through — you’ve got everything you need right there.
JOSH HARRIS, ATLANTA FALCONS


Spread the Word.

Just like you, these guys love being able to connect with God’s Word anytime, anywhere with the YouVersion Bible App. Whether it’s sharing the Verse of the Day, adding Bookmarks, or listening to audio Bibles, we’re all part of the same global community of people seeking God through His Word.

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Now find your inspiration…straight from the source.

Professional Football and the Bible

Professional Football and the Bible
Museum of the Bible, 10 days

Discover the role that the Bible has played in the lives of some of the most iconic players in NFL championship history, from legendary greats such as Vince Lombardi and Mike Singletary to recent stars like Ray Lewis and Russell Wilson.

 

FCA: Heart of a Competitor

FCA: Heart of a Competitor
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 7 days

Seven devotionals help you spend time with God, inspiring you to become the best person that he created you to be, whether you’re an athlete, a coach, a teammate, or a fan.

 

Faith, Family and Football Challenge

Faith, Family and Football Challenge
FSPN, 7 days

Keep your own Faith, Family and Football Celebration going with this 7-day follow-up, the companion Plan to the FSPN event broadcast during Super Bowl 51.

 

Playing on God’s Team

Playing on God’s Team
T. C. Stallings and Broadstreet Publishing, 5 days

This Bible study and devotional is designed to help encourage, inspire, and build committed Christian athletes who consistently follow Christ’s game plan — on and off the field, in and out of season.

 

The Increase

The Increase
The Increase, 21 days

NFL athletes including Matt Hasselbeck, Josh and Luke McCown, and Brandon Marshall — and MLB stars like Adam Wainwright, Brett Carroll, Paul Maholm (to name just a few) — all share life lessons they’ve learned through their favorite Bible passages.

 

UNPACK This…Inspiring Stories from the NFL’s Biggest Stage

UNPACK This…Inspiring Stories from the NFL’s Biggest Stage
UNPACKIN’ it Ministries, 5 days

Read intriguing stories about Super Bowl history through a lens of faith, unpacking biblical truths that will challenge, encourage, and inspire you.

Get the Bible in the Languages of India and Bangladesh

Hindi and Bengali Bibles

Thanks to the generosity of visionary Bible society and translation partners, YouVersion is pleased to offer several Bibles in the languages of India and Bangladesh, all available through the Bible App. And thanks to the The Bible Society of India, we’ve just launched several new versions of the Bible. Just tap any of the buttons below to select a Bible in that language:

New Bibles for India and Bangladesh

Hindi Bible
(Audio Available)

Bengali Bible

Telugu Bible

Marathi Bible
(Audio Available)

Tamil Bible

Urdu Bible

Gujarati Bible

Kannada Bible

Malayalam Bible

Oriya Bible

Maithili Bible

Eastern Panjabi Bible

 


Other Bibles for India and Bangladesh

Chhattisgarhi Bible

Santhali Bible

Sindhi Bible

Kok Borok Bible

Mizo Bible

Mising Bible

Karbi Bible

Ao Naga Bible

Nyishi Bible

Konyak Naga Bible

Zo Bible

Nepali Bible

Tangkhul Naga Bible

Angami Naga Bible

Vaiphei Bible

Liangmai Naga Bible

Riang Bible

 


And, don’t forget to share this Good News with your friends:


About the Bible App

 

The Bible App has been installed on more than 250 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,400 Bible versions, in more than 1,000 languages. And it’s always completely free.

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Your biggest year ever. Again.

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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


 

The Worldwide YouVersion community

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.

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:

Cameroon Cameroon
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.
 
Indonesia Indonesia
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.
 
Mozambique Mozambique
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.
 
Nepal Nepal
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.
 
Tanzania Tanzania
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

 

11 Billion Chapters Requested

11 Billion
Chapters
Read

2.1 Billion Audio Chapters Listened To

2.1 Billion
Audio Chapters
Listened To

1 Billion Highlights, Bookmarks, and Notes Created

1 Billion
Highlights, Bookmarks,
and Notes Created

230 Million Verses Shared

230 Million
Verses
Shared

48 Million Verse Images Created

48 Million
Verse Images
Created

27.5 Million Bible Plans Completed

27.5 Million
Bible Plans
Completed

 


 

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.

 
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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!

 
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Join us November 14 for a global Bible event. 🌍

International Day of the Bible

Let’s read the Bible together.

Join us on November 14 — along with millions of friends from all over the world — as together we celebrate International Day of the Bible.

Today, start our official Bible Plan for International Day of the Bible, a devotional about the many ways that Scripture can affect our lives, from our friends at the National Bible Association.

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And here are some more great places to start.

In addition to our official International Day of the Bible Plan, we’ve selected some other great Plans to celebrate the occasion, each one devoted to what it means to connect with God’s Word.

Meditations on the Gospel of Luke for the Family Meditations on the Gospel of Luke for the Family
American Bible Society, 21 days
 
Examens Examens
Abide and the Jesuits of Great Britain, 4 days
 
Popular Verses: A Video Devotional with John Piper Popular Verses: A Video Devotional with John Piper
John Piper, 10 days
 
The Impact of Scripture The Impact of Scripture
Life.Church and Wycliffe, 15 days
 

Find Your Next Plan