, the audio-based Bible app created by Faith Comes By Hearing, has reached one million downloads in 5 months, said a statement. Faith Comes By Hearing has established its app as an expression of their Digital Bible Project (DBP). The DBP is a platform combining the latest technology with the world's largest digital library of both Bible text and audio recordings.

The free app is offered on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices. It is marked by its unique combination of text and audio as well as the large number of languages offered to listeners, with more being added regularly. It reached people in 166 countries with an average listening time of 36 minutes per person.

I am new to the whole 'techy' thing, wrote a mobile app user, But, I love that you can read and listen at the same time. You can have your very own Bible study anytime, anywhere.

Another user commented, It is almost impossible to find an Audio Bible app for Mandarin! Praise the Lord He brought this app to me.

Clearly the streaming audio, available in numerous languages, is a distinction that sets apart – which is by design. Providing audio keeps with Faith Comes By Hearing's mission to record Audio Bibles for every nation, tribe, language and people.

While the apps are great at home, in church and on-the-go, we really see them as a part of a larger strategy to fulfill the Great Commission, said Troy Carl, the ministry's national director and architect of the DBP. We are excited by this rapid growth, and especially the worldwide reach this technology has produced.

The ministry is optimistic that this rapid start will only increase as the app is localized into other languages. Localization refers to the language used when downloading and navigating within the app. Until recently, that language was English. However, the ministry has just released a Spanish version and other major language adaptations are currently under way.

Currently, the ministry has Scripture recordings in 500 languages, with a goal of 2,000 by 2016.