2020 YouVersion Verse of the Year is Isaiah 41:10

With the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a year of unprecedented events and it has been filled with uncertainty and turmoil. 

People have been trying to the Bible to find solutions. YouVersion App creators stated that they have had record-breaking levels of Bible engagement in the app this year. Searches on the app increased by 80% over last year to nearly 600 million searches.

The most searched verse of the year, the 2020 YouVersion Verse of the Year, is Isaiah 41:10: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

According to YouVersion Founder Bobby Gruenewald, “This has been a challenging year with many people facing devastating loss, loneliness, and fear. While 2020 is a year so many say they’d like to forget, we see it as a year to remember how God used the Bible App to help so many people who are searching for answers. Through every hardship, people continue to seek God and turn to the Bible for strength, peace, and hope.”

YouVersion in a statement says, "Early in the year, people most frequently searched the Bible App for phrases like “new year,” “bible in a year,” “faith,”and “fasting.” In mid-March as COVID-19 accelerated, the number one search term was “fear.” Soon after, the fastest growing search terms week-over-week were words like “peace,” “hope,” and “faith” as the pandemic continued."

"2020’s trending Bible App searches also included “justice,” which rose to the top in late May, and again in late August and late September. The search terms “healing,” “peace,” and “love” were consistently among the top results throughout the year," it adds.

“These top search terms really show what’s been weighing on the hearts and minds of people around the world at key points throughout the year,” said Gruenewald. “They reveal how people are seeking God as they wrestle with the difficult circumstances they’ve faced in 2020, and that’s something we can celebrate.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most churches paused physical services to stop the spread of the virus and many people used digital tools to connect with God, including the Bible App.

YouVersion says that its Bible App saw its highest levels of global Bible engagement in app history, with 43.6 billion Bible chapters read, 7.5 billion audio chapters played, and 1.4 billion Bible Plan days completed.

YouVersion says the growth was also experienced for its Bible App for Kids. In 2020 alone, the app was installed on more than 22 million unique devices, totaling more than 60 million devices worldwide. Kids from around the world have completed more than 170 million Bible App for Kids Stories this year, which is a 90% increase over the previous record set in 2019. 

Created by Life.Church, YouVersion designs biblically centered experiences that encourage and challenge people to seek God throughout each day. The Bible App offers a free Bible experience in more than 1,500 languages and has been installed on more than 450 million unique devices since 2008.

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