Why was the Bible Memory Buddy App discontinued this year (2017)?

The Bible Memory Buddy app has been discontinued for the 2017 VBS season. We’re sad to see the app go and know the people that used it really loved it. There are a number of factors that were considered in the decision to end the Bible Buddy app:

• Development costs have skyrocketed
• The cost of the tags themselves has also increased
• Only a small fraction of VBS participants download the app each year
• A paid version of the app was not feasible based on the small number of free downloads

We know the Bible Memory Buddies are a favorite among VBS kids. Raising the price to cover the growing costs would ultimately take the Buddies out of the hands of a large number of kids to support an app that’s only being used by a small portion of families. Our decision was to do what would serve the larger goal of making the VBS experience accessible to the most kids possible. We trust our friends in ministry will understand it was a decision carefully considered and made with wise stewardship and the greater goals of VBS in mind.

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    Terry Johnson

    I'm using this curriculum for the first time this year, 2017. Can I not have access to this app? It's part of the curriculum. What am I to do without it?