Millions turning to God’s word as Covid-19 continues to bite

Bible apps and websites are recording unprecedented searches for topics such as fear, end times, hope and encouragement

Since the emergence of Covid-19, multitudes across the world, including those from non-Christian nations, are being drawn to Christ daily. This is according to YouVersion, a popular Bible app.

A statement on the YouVersion website read: “For the last several months, we’ve seen God drawing more people to connect with Him through His Word. We’ve seen people searching for love, peace and justice in the Bible then sharing what they find with others, with more than 40 million verses shared each month.”

The organisation says more families than ever before have also been exploring biblical truths using the Bible app for kids. “And, we’ve seen millions of prayers added since launching YouVersion Prayer earlier this year,” it stated.

Already installed on more than 437 million unique devices all over the world – and still counting – the app offers free Bible experiences for smartphones, tablets and online at Bible.com. It also offers 2,062 Bible versions in 1,372 languages for free and without advertising.

Gulshan S. from Mumbai, India, is one such person who says the app has enriched his spiritual life with daily verses and reading plans that are power-packed with godly solutions during these unpredictable times.

“YouVersion is a spring in the midst of a desert. It has taught me how to pray and deal with issues and is still helping me,” he wrote on the website.

With people all over the world seeking hope and direction as the pandemic continues to bite, YouVersion says Christians should take this as one of the greatest opportunities to not only transform the world right now, but also to make a difference for eternity.

On March 15, both YouVersion and Bible Gateway, a Bible website, noted specific jumps in Bible searches related to Covid-19. The top five verses shared that day on the popular app all had some relation to how people are approaching the current situation. They were Hebrews 13:16, Psalm 91, 2 Chronicles 7:14, 2 Timothy 1:7 and Philippians 4:6-7.

Several of these verses also saw significant increases on Bible Gateway, which has over 38,800 monthly viewers. Stephen Smith, the senior director of digital products, stated that searches about “the end of the world” and “fear” were trending above normal.

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