All day on Sunday, followers and seekers of Christ all over the world were turning to the Bible to read, listen to, and watch the Easter story of Christ’s trial, Crucifixion, and Resurrection. During Holy Week, the number of people opening passages about Jesus’ final week on earth increased by almost 250% over the four weeks preceding Easter.
Bible Engagement Around the World
Glowing dots on this time-lapse map show where the Bible App was opened (the brighter the area, the more opens). The gradations sliding across the world indicate the time of day, with the flags on the left showing which country was engaging most through the Bible App at that time.
Holy Week Engagement
Here’s a snapshot of just some of what was happening across the global YouVersion community during Holy Week, which includes Easter and the six days leading up to it:
Top 5 Most Bible-Engaged Countries
United States, South Africa, Brazil, Great Britain, and South Korea
Top 10 Countries with the
most growth in Easter engagement
102% Dominica 91% South Sudan 86% Lithuania 84% Palestine 83% Niger
78% Bulgaria 77% Armenia 72% Myanmar 72% Kazakhstan 71% Albania
Most Popular Verse Easter Weekend
Not only was Romans 5:8 the most-shared Bible verse overall, it was also the most-shared in several countries (in various languages and translations): Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa, Philippines, Singapore, Colombia, Russia, Argentina, and France.
Top most-shared Bible verses
Romans 5:8, John 11:25–26, Romans 8:11, Isaiah 53:5, and Matthew 20:28
Many of top verses for Holy Week were also shared as Verse Images from the Bible App:
Top 5 most Bible-engaged languages
English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and French
Bible Plan Engagement
Engagement was also up significantly in another key area for the YouVersion community: Bible Plan subscriptions and completions. Lent 2015 saw an 85% increase in Bible Plan subscriptions and 141% increase in Bible plan completions when compared to Lent 2014.
Help us Spread the Word
A revolution in Bible engagement is taking place in this generation, all over the world. And you can be a part of it, first by consistently spending time in the Bible, and second, by helping others discover the Bible App. Click below to share this good news with your friends and family: