EDMOND, OK (October 7, 2014) — The YouVersion Bible app is now available in 1,000 versions in 700 languages.
The version that broke the 1,000 mark is Deftera Lfida Dzratawi, the first digital translation of the New Testament into Hdi, a language spoken predominantly in the West African nation of Cameroon.
More than 70 percent of the world’s population can now access the Scriptures, according to LifeChurch.tv. Fewer than 2,500 people speak some of the languages such as Longto (2,400) and Ama (480).
“It’s unprecedented in history having so many Bible versions in the palm of your hand—something we never imagined was possible even a few years ago,” said Bobby Gruenewald, the app’s creator and innovation pastor of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma. “This milestone wouldn’t be possible if not for the Bible translators and the more than 150 publishers, Bible societies, and organizations that have collaborated with YouVersion.”
Downloaded on more than 150 million devices, the Bible app now reaches 87 percent of the Christians worldwide who have Internet access, offering more written languages than any other app on the planet, Gruenewald said. “The app offers Bible translations embraced by Catholics, Evangelicals, Protestants, Russian Orthodox, and even Messianic Jews, along with countless other denominations.”
According to LifeChurch.tv, more versions are to come because there still are 5,901 distinct languages in the world to go.
YouVersion is a ministry of LifeChurch.tv, an Evangelical Covenant Church, multi-site church based in Oklahoma. It meets in 20 different physical locations and globally online.
To see an infographic on the languages now included as well as a publishing history of the New Testament scriptures, click here.