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!
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.
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.
Find Your Next Plan
The Bible has had a tremendous amount of positive impact on individuals, communities, and the world, changing hearts and influencing generations. In a world full of brokenness, God’s Word offers hope and clarity.
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
The #WhyBible movement was started to spark discussion about why the Bible matters, and to show how His Living Word continues to be relevant and life-giving today and for generations to come.
Here’s a story from a Bible App user about how God’s Word has impacted them:
“I decided to get the Bible App to listen to what God has to say about my struggles. Now that I downloaded the app, my time on social media has decreased, and my time reading God’s Word and experiencing His presence has increased. The Bible really changed my life for the better.” — Bible App user
You have a story too. A story of how the God’s Word has impacted and changed your life for the better. That’s what #WhyBible is all about.
Here’s what you can do to participate in #WhyBible:
- Post how the Bible has impacted your life on Twitter or Facebook (make sure to use the hashtag #WhyBible in your post!).
- Share a Verse Image that has meant a lot to you on Instagram or Pinterest.
- Send a message to a friend with a link to download the Bible App.
Want to let us know how YouVersion has impacted you?
How has YouVersion helped you read, listen or understand the Bible? We’d love to hear!
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Learn more about #WhyBible and see how people and organizations are participating across the world. Visit https://why.bible/.
About the Bible App
The Bible App has been installed on more than 236 million unique devices, all over the world. Developed by YouVersion, the Bible App offers more than 1,300 Bible versions, in more than 1,000 languages. And it’s always completely free.
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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?
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.
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:
- “Mission,” Every Tribe Every Nation.
- “How many languages are there?” BBC.
- “Mission,” Every Tribe Every Nation.
- “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.)
- Bibilia Ilagano Lya Kale 2015, Bible.com.
- “Tanzania: Geography,” Wikipedia.
- “Country: Tanzania,” Joshua Project.
- Hebrews 4:12.
- “Sukuma (People),” Encyclopædia Brittanica.
- “Sukuma in Tanzania,” Joshua Project.
- “Communications: Telephone system” and “Telephones – mobile cellular,” CIA Factbook: Tanzania.
- “2.2 Mobile driving innovation across the world,” GSMA Global Mobile Economy Report 2016, p. 25.
- “Mobile plays key role in socio-economic development,” GSMA Global Mobile Economy Report 2016, p. 4.
- “People and Society: Age structure,” CIA Factbook: Tanzania.
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.
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.”
Learn more about the God Speaking event.