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The Bible App: First to 1,000 Languages

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?

“Sukuma People,” photo by paulshaffner, used under Creative Commons license 2.0.

You Can

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.

Why now?

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:

American Bible Society American Bible Society
Wycliffe Wycliffe
United Bible Societies United Bible Societies
Biblica Biblica
Bible Society of India Bible Society of India
Bible Society of the Democratic Republic of Congo Bible Society of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Institute for Bible Translation Institute for Bible Translation
Bible Society of Uganda Bible Society of Uganda
Bible Society of Tanzania Bible Society of Tanzania
Bible Society of Cameroon Bible Society of Cameroon
Paraguayan Bible Society Paraguayan Bible Society
Canadian Bible Society Canadian Bible Society
Bible Society in Liberia Bible Society in Liberia
Pioneer Bible Translators Pioneer Bible Translators
Aramaic Bible Translation Aramaic Bible Translation
Bangladesh Bible Society Bangladesh Bible Society
Bible Society of Burkina Faso Bible Society of Burkina Faso
Bible Society in the Central African Republic Bible Society in the Central African Republic
Bible Society of Côte d’Ivoire Bible Society of Côte d’Ivoire
Bible Society of Malawi Bible Society of Malawi
eBible.org eBible.org
Vietnam Partnership Vietnam Partnership

Newest Versions and Languages

‘Abi’uai Apa’uana Mahamahana
Waima

1962 Ndandi New Testament and Psalms
Nande

Adi Bible (Re-edited)
Adi

Aimol New Testament (Re-edited)
Aimol

Alladian New Testament 2003
Alladian

Amri Karbi New Testament
Amri Karbi

Ang Bag-o Nga Kasugtanan
Kinaray-A

Anut san Bilaluŋ Foun
Takia

Apatani New Testament
Apatani

Baibuli Erikwera 1964
Nyankole

Biete Bible
Biete

Lusoga Bible with Deuterocanon
Soga

Biblia Enxet (Lengua Sur)
Enxet

Chakhesang Chokri New Testament
Chokri Naga

Chechen Bible
Chechen

Chiyawo Bible
Yao

Chothe New Testament
Chothe Naga

Crimean Tatar Bible
Crimean Tatar

Datoga New Testament
Datooga

Dii New Testament
Dii

Ekajuk New Testament
Ekajuk

Enhlit Bible
Lengua

Galo New Testament
Galo

God Ye Weng Karadmo
Yongkom

God’s Holy Book
Baga Sitemu

God’s Holy Book in Sankaran
Sankaran Maninka – Sankaran

Jola-Kasa New Testament
Jola-Kasa

Kagulu New Testament
Kagulu

Kaninuwa Scripture Portions
Kaninuwa

Kapsiki Bible with Deuterocanon
Psikye

Kele (Lokele) New Testament 1958
Kele (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Khakas New Testament
Khakas

Kikwango New Testament 1950
Kituba (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Kilega New Testament 1957
Lega-Mwenga

Kogi New Testament
Cogui

Kok Borok Bible (Re-edited)
Kok Borok

Komrem Bible Revised
Kom (India)

Kpelle Bible
Liberia Kpelle

ksp Bible in Kaba
Kaba

Kuku-Yalanji Bible
Kuku-Yalanji

Kumam Bible with Deuterocanon
Kumam

Kumyk New Testament
Kumyk

Le Nouveau Testament en Gbaya
Southwest Gbaya

Loma New Testament
Loma (Liberia)

Luganda Revised Bible
Ganda

Maring C.L. Bible
Maring Naga

Masanbo Bible (Re-edited)
Liangmai Naga

Moore Bible with Deuterocanon
Mossi

Ngombe New Testament 1961
Ngombe (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Nivaclé Bible
Nivaclé

Nogai New Testament
Nogai

Nouveau Testament en Langue Kroumen Plapo (Plaawin) de Côte d’Ivoire
Plapo Krumen

Nouveau Testament en Luba-Kalebwe 1952
Songe

Nyishi Bible
Nyishi

Ojibwe Shorter Bible (Roman Script)
Ojibwe: Saulteaux (Western) – Nakawēmowin

Ojibwe Shorter Bible (Syllabic Script)
Ojibwe: Saulteaux (Western) – Nakawēmowin

Oniyan New Testament and Old Testament portions
Bassari

Pere New Testament
Peere

Pochury Naga Bible
Pochuri Naga

Rade Revised Bible
Rade

Rote Tii New Testament and Genesis
Tii

Santali Common Language New Testament
Santali

Scriptures in Misima-Paneati
Misima-Panaeati

Selections from Genesis in the Hanga language
Hanga

Sukuma Bible 2015
Sukuma

Takuu New Testament
Takuu

Tangkhul Naga C.L. Bible (Re-edited)
Tangkhul Naga (India)

Tangsa Holy Bible
Tase Naga

Tatar Bible
Tatar

The Bible in the Tuvan Language
Tuvan

The Gospel of Luke
Even

The Holy Book of God in the Balochi Language
Southern Balochi – Southern Balochi (Roman)

The Holy Book of God in the Balochi Language
Southern Balochi

The New Testament in Longando
Ngando (Democratic Republic of Congo)

The New Testament in Mongo-Nkundu 1958
Mongo

The New Testament in the Akeu Language
Akeu

The New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Psalms in Assyrian
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic

Urat New Testament
Urat

Urim-Kalpm New Testament
Urim

Usan New Testament
Usan

Wantoat New Testament
Wantoat

Waris Bible
Waris

Yupik Bible
Central Yupik


Sources:

  1. Mission,” Every Tribe Every Nation.
  2. How many languages are there?” BBC.
  3. Mission,” Every Tribe Every Nation.
  4. 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.)
  5. Bibilia Ilagano Lya Kale 2015, Bible.com.
  6. Tanzania: Geography,” Wikipedia.
  7. Country: Tanzania,” Joshua Project.
  8. Hebrews 4:12.
  9. Sukuma (People),” Encyclopædia Brittanica.
  10. Sukuma in Tanzania,” Joshua Project.
  11. Communications: Telephone system” and “Telephones – mobile cellular,” CIA Factbook: Tanzania.
  12. “2.2 Mobile driving innovation across the world,” GSMA Global Mobile Economy Report 2016, p. 25.
  13. “Mobile plays key role in socio-economic development,” GSMA Global Mobile Economy Report 2016, p. 4.
  14. People and Society: Age structure,” CIA Factbook: Tanzania.

Do you have Plans for the Games? We do.

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“Run to win.”

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally.

1 CORINTHIANS 9:24-25 MSG

The world will be watching as this year’s Games begin today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To commemorate the occasion, we’re introducing four new Plans, each one developed specifically to help fans of the Games connect with God’s Word every day. Subscribe to one of these Plans (or to several), and start training now to discover the true heart of a champion.


Featured Plans

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The Bible Impacting the 2016 Olympic Games
Museum of the Bible, 15 days

Through short video clips, devotionals, and daily Scripture, see what the Bible means to many world athletes, including gymnast Shannon Miller, runner Eric Liddell, soccer star Kaká, track star Lolo Jones, and more.

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FCA Road to Gold Devotional
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 5 days

Devotionals from Games hopefuls and champions will inspire you, then challenge you with questions for reflection at the end of each day’s reading. (You may also enjoy the “Road to Gold” Prayer Guide, available free at www.fca.org.)

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UNPACK This… For Fans of the Summer Olympics
UNPACKIN’ It Ministries, 3 days

Speaker and radio show host Bryce Johnson applies a lens of faith to the 2016 Games in Brazil, along with biblical truths that will challenge, encourage, and inspire you.

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Struggle and Triumph: Olympians’ Stories
Athletes in Action, 33 days

God’s Word will encourage you in your own trials, as you experience these stories of world-class athletes who persevered through hardship, confident that they would ultimately achieve victory by relying on God.


Never give up.

Even if you didn’t see a Plan above that spoke to you, we have many more, covering a broad range of interests. Search through our categories to find the next Plan that’s right for you: Devotionals, Topical, Plans for families and for young people, Plans that cover portions of the Bible, and even Plans that help you read the whole thing.

All good athletes train hard. You’re doing it for prizes that never fade. Run to win.

Browse Plans

Featured: Lisa Bevere, Hillary Scott, Brittany Rust, Jamie George, and more

Best-selling author Lisa Bevere invites you to pursue a relationship with God that will reveal who you really are: His child without rival, in a time without rival, serving a God without rival.

In this 13-day devotional, Grammy-, CMA-, and ACM-award-winner Hillary Scott shares the Scriptural themes behind the lyrics of several songs from her new Gospel album Love Remains, recorded with her sister and her parents (as The Scott Family).

Learn how you can work through conflict with others in positive, life-giving ways — a necessary skill for any healthy relationship.

In excerpts from his new book, pastor and author Jamie George challenges the popular notion that following Jesus means your life will be easy, showing through Scripture how brokenness can actually be God’s gift, leading you to true joy and redemption.

See how human sexuality reflects God’s holiness, His relationship within the Trinity, and His desire to conform your body, soul, and mind to the image of Christ — helping you break the cycle of sexual sin.

Find Your Next Plan

Join Anne Graham Lotz for the global “God Speaking” event, August 1-8.

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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.

God Speaking

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.”

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60 Minutes, Once per Day

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30 Minutes, Twice per Day

 


Learn more about the God Speaking event.

July Featured Plans: Hillsong Young & Free, Thrive for Moms, WiRE for Men, and more

The Gospel reaches beyond forgiving our sins, extending into every aspect of our lives. See how (and why) as you explore bigger questions: “Why am I here?” “What’s the point of my salvation?”

Walk alongside biblical examples of people who committed their lives to Christ—then, through study questions and deep reflection, imagine what that same commitment might look like in your own life.

Drawing on lyrics from Hillsong Young & Free’s newest album, Youth Revival, this devotional helps you explore your heart’s motives, inspiring you to use your life to pursue things that last.

When pouring your love into your family threatens to run your tank dry, refill it with reminders from Scripture about how extravagantly God loves you and how passionately He cherishes you.

Discover practical, biblical principles that will help you stay connected to God by being intentional in your relationships—even when the busyness of everyday life is constantly working to distract you.

Find Your Next Plan