ChurchTechToday | 12/7/2017 | Lauren Hunter
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As 2017 comes to a close, the YouVersion Bible App is closing in on a milestone: 300 million downloads. The Bible App was one of the first 200 free apps in the debut of Apple’s App Store nine years ago. Since then, it has been downloaded in every country of the world.

The Bible verse shared, bookmarked, and highlighted most often by the global YouVersion community this year was Joshua 1:9: “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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We believe the Bible is an enduring source of courage and strength,” said Bobby Gruenewald, Life.Church Innovation Pastor and YouVersion Bible App founder. “We are encouraged to see from this year’s data that people all over the world are finding hope in God’s Word.”

The YouVersion community read and listened to 19.7 billion chapters of the Bible this year and created 1.4 billion highlights, bookmarks, and notes. On average, people created 42.3 highlights, listened to 96.1 audio chapters, and read 532 chapters every second of every day in 2017.

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This year, YouVersion saw even more people turn to the Bible App to explore God’s Word, many in some unexpected places. Downloads in India increased by 228 percent this year, while downloads in Iraq grew by 155 percent. Mozambique saw downloads increase by 243 percent, and downloads in Argentina jumped by 131 percent.

YouVersion works with partners to continuously add languages to the Bible App, currently offering Bible text in 1,627 versions representing 1,169 languages. While we’re closer than ever to having the Bible translated for everyone in the world, more than a billion people still don’t have the Bible in their language. Alongside visionary partners, YouVersion is part of a movement to get the New Testament translated for 99.9% of...
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