User Advocate

Customer support of the YouVersion Bible app is not the correct title for what I (David) do to help people engage with the Bible app. I am a user advocate, I want to help people engage with the Bible in a language they can understand I want to share the challenges that many around the world have with being able to access it. I want those on my team to have a passion not only for the Word of God but a desire to make it accessible.

I was recently asked the following question:

I search bible in madura language

Are youversion bible haven’t bible in madura language ?

Thank you

May God bless you .

I did a quick search and I saw we do not have the Madura Bible available in the app. Although we have the Bible available in 1188 languages we do not yet have this Madura Bible easily accessible on your smart phone anywhere. Why is this important? There are over 7 million speakers of Madura and less than 0.1 % are professing Christians.

I was able to share the link to the audio Bible that is available from Faith Comes by Hearing and I also sent a link to the Indonesian Bible Society where they can purchase a hard copy of the Bible that was completed in 1994.

Please pray with me for the continued partnerships of Bible Societies around the world as we add additional languages to the YouVersion app. And for the many developers and administrators that are working to overcome some of the various technical challenges of adding languages whose alphabets are not currently available on mobile devices. Pray with me for this user who is searching for the scriptures in Madura. Pray that God will raise up the estimated 150 workers that will be needed to reach the Madura people.

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Bonne Année

Bonne Année (Happy New Year)!  We pray that your 2018 is filled with overflowing blessings.

We decided this year to take a family trip for Christmas rather than purchase more stuff for the boys.  We wrapped clues and they figured it out much faster than we had hoped.  Our destination was San Antonio.  We had been looking forward to warmer weather, the forecast before leaving was mid-50’s, however, it didn’t get above 42 degrees.  We had fun regardless of the cooler conditions.  We had a couple of stops along the way.  Our first stop was to stay with and visit some great friends who always make us laugh.

We were playing a game called Watch Ya Mouth – guaranteed laughter!

Our next stop was my Christmas present.  I love the show Fixer Upper!  This is a happy place!

We had a great “unplugged” time in San Antonio taking in all the sights, sounds and wonderful tastes.

Happy New Year from our family to yours.

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Advent Week Four

We are on the last week of Advent – peace.  “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.  And the government will rest on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)

Merry Christmas from the Anderson Family!


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Advent Week Three

This week’s Advent theme is Light.  Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  Genesis 1:3



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Grocery Grab

Jonah sold raffle tickets as a fundraiser for his Choir group for a chance to be drawn for a five minute grocery grab or one of four $100 gift cards.  I was called on December 2nd saying that I was a finalist to either win the grocery grab or gift card and needed to be at our local Cosentino’s Price Chopper at 7:30 a.m. on December 9th.  I was excited that I would either win a gift card or the grocery grab.  I was expecting a gift card and was excited about it.

Saturday David, Jonah, Denise (my sister) and I (Joshua was still sleeping) were at the store by 7:30 a.m.  They drew the fifth place winner, then fourth, third and my name still wasn’t drawn so it was down to me and one other person.  Then her name was drawn next making me the grand prize winner.

I was given three minutes to run through the main aisles of the store to grab as much as possible, one minute for the meat department and one minute for the health & beauty section (some exceptions applied – no gift cards, batteries, alcohol, tobacco, razors).  I felt like I was on a TV show.

Here’s the video David taped of the Grocery Grab.

It was so much fun and was on an adrenaline rush for most of the day.  Below are pictures of the grand total and the full carts – I still can’t believe it!

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Advent Week Two

The theme for this week is Joy and Hope.  “The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart.  The commands of the Lord are clear giving insight to life.” Psalm 19:8 (NLT)

“What is faith?  It’s the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen.  It’s the evidence of things we cannot yet see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)

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Advent Week One

This week marks week one of Advent.  It seems so late this year starting in December and not November.  The Advent devotion we follow has the theme of Creation for week one.  I thought each week of Advent I would post pictures of our Christmas’ with the theme in mind.  We are so grateful and privileged to be the parents of two beautiful boys, below are pictures from their first Christmas.

Joshua’s First Christmas.

Jonah’s First Christmas.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth….Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves.”….so God created people in His own image.”  Genesis 1:1 & 26-27 (NLT)

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