Praise! Online Bible Use Spikes
As war rages on in Ukraine, its citizens have found comfort in the Bible. It is encouraging to see so many turning to God in times of strife.
From CBN News. A scripture about God’s divine protection, provision, and comfort has become the most shared, bookmarked, and highlighted verse across the globe, according to YouVersion, a top-rated mobile Bible app.
Isaiah 41:10 has earned the top spot as YouVersion’s 2022 Verse of the Year. It reads:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“The popularity of this verse speaks to our desire to be reminded that even when we feel like we’re alone in our struggles, we’re not,” said Bobby Gruenewald, founder, and CEO of YouVersion. …
Major Spikes in Bible Use in Cuba and Ukraine
This year, Cuba stands out as the country with the greatest increase in Bible engagement – 76% compared to 2021. Meanwhile, the fastest regional growth for Bible engagement is in Europe and Africa.
The mobile app also saw Ukrainian-language Bible engagement hit an all-time high in several European countries, many by triple digits. …
For example, Ukrainian-language Bible engagement increased in Poland by 241% and Germany by 733% compared to last year. Overall, Bible engagement in Ukraine rose by 55% this year.
At the beginning of the war, YouVersion searches in the Ukrainian language nearly doubled compared to the previous month. Initially, trending search terms were words like “war,” “fear,” and “anxiety.” As time passed and the war progressed, the top search term in Ukrainian became “love.” …
Were you reading Scripture in 2022? Share your favorite verses from the year below!
(Excerpt from CBN News. Photo Credit: Worshae on Unsplash)
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