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YouVersion Bible App names most popular verse of 2019

by Tola Mbakwe

Around the world, the verse most engaged with on the app is 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."

YouVersion founder Bobby Gruenewald said it's a good sign to see that people are turning to the passage in tough times.

He said: "We're encouraged to see so many people turning to the Bible in response to their worries, remembering what God has done in their lives, and choosing to trust in His faithfulness."

YouVersion's annual report showed it was a record-breaking year for how much people engaged with God's word on the app.

People read and listened to the Bible 30 per cent more this year compared to last year. In total, YouVersion saw 5.6 billion chapters listened to and 35.6 billion chapters read in 2019.

People also made 2 billion highlights, bookmarks and notes to mark meaningful verses and more than 478 million verses were shared.

"What we are seeing in global engagement is exciting to us because with every verse highlighted, plan day completed or audio chapter listened to, that's a person who is being transformed by knowing God more intimately through spending time in the Bible," Gruenewald said.

"We're humbled by the opportunity to see lives changed in every country around the world."

The Bible App saw global increase in both installs and engagement this year. In 2019, YouVersion grew by nearly 50 million installs to reach a total of 400 million installs worldwide.

Poland was one of the fastest growing countries with a 75 per cent increase. India saw 51 per cent more engagement in 2019 compared to last year.

"Every year, when we dig into these numbers, we're overwhelmed by how God is using this app to deliver His message of hope and love to a hurting world," said Gruenewald.

"We also can't help but recognise how much more work there is to be done together as the global Church to reach every nation."

Although the Bible App offers more than 2,000 Bible versions in more than 1,350 languages, over a billion people globally don't have access to a complete Bible in their native language.

YouVersion has partnered with Together with illumiNations, a network of Bible translation agencies, to give more people the Bible in their native language.

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