The free Bible-reading app YouVersion has surpassed 500 million downloads since its launch on the Apple app retailer 13 years in the past.
YouVersion was created by Life.Church and was on the time of its launch in July 2008 the one Bible app out there on the app retailer.
Life.Church’s founding pastor Craig Groeschel shared the milestone achievement this week and known as it “an affidavit to the goodness of God and the facility of His phrase.”
“As of right this moment, the YouVersion Bible app is now on one-half of a billion units around the globe,” he mentioned.
“To have a good time this second, our verse of the day is Hebrews 4:12, which says, ‘For the phrase of God is alive and energetic. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the ideas and attitudes of the center.'”
App creator Bobby Gruenewald advised The Christian Post that the app had been impressed by his personal want to learn the Bible extra as a result of on the time he felt he was “under common”.
“The whole ministry was about me attending to learn the Bible extra as a result of I at all times needed to learn the Bible extra, and I believed there have been most likely extra individuals in my scenario,” he mentioned.
“And, after all, we had no thought of what it might change into. It began easy and as a small effort.”
Inside simply the primary weekend, the app had already surpassed obtain projections for all the 12 months, being put in 83,000 instances.
Initially launched in solely English and Spanish, YouVersion now provides translations in over 1,750 languages.
After hitting 500 million downloads, Gruenewald is giving all of the glory to God.
“It is extraordinarily humbling to have reached 500 million downloads. Simply the truth that God might do one thing so massive by way of us,” he mentioned.
“It is necessary that folks perceive that that is one thing God did, not us. We will not take credit score for this. God did this by way of me, and it is so loopy that God would use me. And there is much more that God will do and may do in future.”