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This is personal.

Remember when you first realized that God actually loved you? That he wanted a relationship with you? Moments like those are why we’re so passionate about helping people connect with God.

I grew up in church, but I didn’t really know or love God. When my grandfather died, I felt deep sorrow and depression… and even thought about committing suicide. My friend sent me a link to Joshua 1:9. I decided to download the app because of that verse. I tried a devotion, which helped me understand God and led me closer to Him. One day I was reading in Psalms, and I felt Jesus calling me: this overwhelming, reckless love pursuing me. I prayed with my pastor, and a huge weight lifted. Jesus changed my life. Now I love the Lord and serve him daily. Thank You, Jesus!

NATHAN, ALABAMA, USA

When you give to YouVersion, you’re making an investment that has an eternal return: transformed lives.

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This is historic.

Reading or listening to God’s Word has the power to change lives. We’re leveraging technology to help this generation become the most Bible-engaged in history. When you give to YouVersion, you help us get Scripture to more people than ever, in places like India, Poland, Guatemala, and Nigeria. People like Hazel:

I had been bullied for years, and I was dealing with a heartbreak. I didn’t want to be left alone with my thoughts. One day I opened YouVersion and read the Verse of the Day. It was the perfect word of encouragement, so it became a habit. Every day I would start with Verse of the Day, then read the chapter the verse came from, then find myself in the middle of a story. I watched David remove Saul’s armor and pick up his own slingshot. I walked through the palace with Esther. I wept with Hannah. I could see myself in their imperfections and flaws. God used YouVersion to make His word come alive to me. YouVersion has changed my life, from the Verse of the Day to Plans.

HAZEL, NIGERIA, AFRICA

What would happen if every person on earth could instantly engage with God’s Word in their own language? Let’s find out, together.

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This is what matters.

All over the world, more and more people are turning to God’s Word to hear what He wants to say to them. When you give to YouVersion, you’re helping us connect them with Him. Every one of those people has a name, has a story. Like Nathan. Like Hazel. Like Jenny:

Things were not good in my marriage. I was on a downward spiral, at the beginning of an emotional affair. I gathered the courage to send him ‘the’ text: the one that would change our relationship from friends to lines-being-crossed. I was terrified, typing what I knew could end my marriage. But the Holy Spirit was fighting for me. The word TEMPTATION flashed before my eyes. I didn’t know what to do, so I pulled up YouVersion and typed ‘temptation’ in the search field. As I read every verse the app showed me, the tears fell. I called on Jesus’ name, and the devil fled. I erased that text and ended the conversation. If I had not had the Bible App that day, I don’t know what would have happened. Thank you for always having His word so close!

JENNY, COLORADO, USA*

In 2008, we launched YouVersion with just 15 Bibles, in two languages. Now, thanks to the generosity of visionary partners — and the financial support of people just like you — we’re privileged to offer more than 2,000 versions, with content in over 1,300 languages.

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2019 in Review:

2019

Going Deeper,
Drawing Closer.

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Think back on the struggles and victories you’ve experienced this year. How did God reveal Himself to you in those moments?

We’re excited about all that God will do through YouVersion in 2020. (Stay tuned: Big things are coming!) But for now, let’s take a moment to reflect back on just some of the powerful ways God worked in our global YouVersion Community during 2019:

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Relationships
Restored

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Mfon’s marriage was in shambles, so she ran away from it. Then on the bus to work each day, Mfon started reading Bible Plans about marriage in the Bible App. As Mfon studied God’s Word, her heart began to soften, and she realized there was still hope for her marriage. Inspired by God’s Word, Mfon reconciled with her husband.

…But Mfon’s story doesn’t end there…

One day, a woman who often sat behind her on the bus approached Mfon and confided that she had been reading the Bible App over Mfon’s shoulder. This woman had also been struggling in her marriage, but one of Mfon’s Plans had resonated with her, and she had forgiven her husband. Because of Mfon’s decision to read Bible Plans, two marriages are now experiencing restoration.

Mfon’s story is powerful, but it’s just one of many. Every Plan Day completed this year represents a life that God is in the process of transforming:

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Plan Days completed in 2019.

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Losing Sight… and Finding Sound

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In 2014, Alice was diagnosed with early-onset macular degeneration and declared legally blind. No longer able to read, Alice had to find another way to draw closer to God. She discovered that in the right light, she could use a tablet. And that’s when Alice found audio Bibles on YouVersion. She started listening every night. And the more Alice listened, the more God’s Word came alive for her, leading her to a deeper understanding of God.

Now Alice believes the Bible should be heard. And fortunately, audio Bibles make it easy to hear God’s Word — anytime, anywhere.

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Audio Chapters played in 2019.

How can we wrap our minds around giant numbers like the ones below? By recognizing what they actually represent: moments when people reached out to God, and He touched their hearts. Let’s celebrate and commit to finishing 2019 strong!

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Bible Chapters Read

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Highlights, Bookmarks, and Notes

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Verses Shared

Bible Engagement
Increase by Country:

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These countries showed the greatest increase in Bible engagement during 2019.


2019 Verse of the Year:

Philippians 4:6

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done.”

The Bible verse shared, bookmarked, and highlighted most often by the global YouVersion Community.

Most Shared Verse Image by Language:

Ephesians 4:26 Verse Image Psalm 56:3 Verse Image Isaiah 40:31 Verse Image
Filipino Spanish Korean
Ephesians 4:26 Psalm 56:3 Isaiah 40:31
1 Peter 4:8 Verse Image 1 Corinthians 13:13 Verse Image John 11:25 Verse Image
Japanese Italian German
1 Peter 4:8 1 Corinthians 13:13 John 11:25
Psalms 103:13 Verse Image 1 Corinthians 13:4 Verse Image Psalms 46:1 Verse Image
English Dutch Chinese
Psalms 103:13 1 Corinthians 13:4 Psalms 46:1

The Bible Verse Images shared most often during 2019 by language across the global YouVersion Community.


Discover Your Story

We all have a story to tell.

See how you drew closer to God through the YouVersion Bible App this year — with a personalized 2019 Bible App Snapshot!

Let’s rejoice over what God’s doing in your life:

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What Bible verse changed your life?

Bible For Everyone

Think of the ways God’s Word has transformed your life. Imagine how different your life would look if the Bible never existed in your language.

In 1st century Jerusalem, a small group of disciples made the radical decision to live out Jesus’ words:

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…

MATTHEW 28:19-20

Their obedience and profound love for people groups they had never met has resulted in our transformation 2,000 years later.

And yet…

There are still over a billion people who haven’t experienced God’s Word in their own heart language. People like the 1.3 million men, women, and children in Mahafaly [MA-HAH-FAH’-LEE] language communities in Madagascar who have never had any Scripture.*

Translation teams in the island country of Madagascar want to break the bondage of legalistic fear the Mahafaly people experience by cultivating an understanding of God’s love, power, and redemption through Christ.

By giving to this #BibleForEveryone project, you’ll be helping the Mahafaly people receive the life-changing power of Scripture for the very first time: starting with the Gospel of Luke.

Imagine what life change could occur if we met this need together.

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If not us, then who?

For nearly 3 years, YouVersion has been working alongside Bible translators to actively identify high-impact Bible translation projects that could rapidly be completed with the proper funding.*

Our goal is to see the entire New Testament translated into most of the world’s languages by 2033. We can make that happen by saying “yes” today.

So…

…are you in?

I’m In

Being part of the solution doesn’t have to stop here. If you’re passionate about the purpose of this project, consider sharing the vision with your friends and family:

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* For more information, visit illumiNations’ website.

* 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 four-year period from 2017-2020. During each calendar year, Life.Church is contributing $250,000, spread across 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.)

YouVersion Has 139 New Bible Versions, in 114 Languages

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Thanks to the generosity of our Bible publishing partners, in just the last six months, YouVersion has added 139 more Bible versions, in 114 languages. (See the list of the most recent below. See our recently added Audio Bibles here.) That means we now offer more than 2,000 Bible versions, representing almost 1,400 languages! See if your preferred language is there, and share this page with your friends!

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17

It used to take decades to translate the Bible into a new language, typeset it, print it, and distribute it. Today, thanks to improved travel and communication, new technologies for translation, and innovation in managing projects, that time has been reduced to as little as three years. And today, as soon as we have the final digital files, we can have a new Bible version available worldwide… within minutes.

You can take part in this global move of God that’s happening right now. Support Bible for Everyone, and your donation will go directly to the next high-value translation project in our queue.1

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Recently Added Bible Versions

Azerbaijani – Azərbaycanca
Azerbaijani Bible 2008 (Azərbaycan Bibliyası 200)

Armenian (Eastern) – հայերեն (արևելահայերեն)
New Revised Ararat Bible (Նոր վերանայված Արարատ Աստվածաշունչ)

Georgian – ქართული
Georgian Bible with DC (ბიბლია)

Kyrghyz – Kirghiz
New Testament LS 2005 [Инжил ЛС (2005)]

Waray (Philippines)
Samarenyo Meaning-Based Bible (1984)

Kabardian
Kabardian New Testament, Genesis, Psalms (ХъыбарыфӀыр. ЩӀэдзапӀэр. Уэрэд ЛъапӀэхэр)

Nyakyusa-Ngonde
Nyakyusa New Testament (Ʉlwitɨkano Ʉlʉpya)

Giryama
The New Testament in the Giryama language of Kenya [Kilagane Kisha (Kenya)]

Nuer
Nuer Bible (RUAC KUƆTH IN RƐL RƆ)

Adangme
Dangme Bible (BAIBLO ALOO NGMAMI KLƆUKLƆU Ɔ)

Dangme New Testament Version 1977 (Somi He Ɔ)

Dagbani
Red Letter Dagbani Bible (Naawuni Kundi Kasi)

Southern Dagaare – Dagaare
Dagaare New Testament (Naaŋmen Nɔpaalaa Gane)

See All Bible Versions Available on YouVersion


Notes

1 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 four-year period from 2017-2020. During each calendar year, Life.Church is contributing $250,000, spread across 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.)

Get the all-new Bible Storybook from the Bible App for Kids

The all-new Bible Storybook from the Bible App for Kids

Bible Storybook from the Bible App for Kids includes 35 favorite Bible stories, fun illustrations, and discussion questions. Segues between stories guide young readers as they journey to become closer to God and understand the bigger story of God’s Word.

The King and the Kingdom from the Bible Storybook

Children will delight in reading about Abraham’s trust, Elijah’s boldness, Esther’s bravery, Jesus’s compassion, Paul’s faithful service, and more! The engaging stories, detailed illustrations, and family-friendly discussion questions in Bible Storybook from the Bible App for Kids will help you create God-focused family time whether at bedtime, for family devotions, or simply as a fun read-aloud time.

Guide your kids to be closer to God as you share the stories of His plan for His people and His unfailing love for each of us.

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