Count Your Blessings is Christian Aid’s journey through Lent. The Count Your Blessings app will help you reflect, act and pray over the 40 days leading up to Easter.
The app, which is available for smartphones, Android phones, tablets, iPhones and iPads, offers you a stunning photograph every day throughout Lent featuring the people involved with, and who benefit from, Christian Aid’s work around the world.
Facts, stories and actions from those featured in the photos will further help you to reflect, act and pray.
At the end of Lent, you can what your giving and actions amount to and you will have the opportunity to donate to Christian Aid.
Downloading the app
Once you download and open the app from Google Play Store (formerly known as Android Market) for Android phones, or the App Store or iTunes for iPhone and iPad, you can ensure you have a daily reminder to open and view the app.
Once opened, you be shown some of the ways you can interact with the app.
After Lent begins, and you want to look at the collections of photographs, you can swipe the screen left and right to show the different images.
Hiding the text
If you want to see the photograph without any text, you can press and hold the square with an arrow inside it at the bottom of the screen. Release it and the text reappears.
If there is more text for that photograph, you will see a Down arrow at the bottom left of the screen. Simply swipe in an upward direction to read the rest of the text. This text contains the action for each day.
Give, Act & Pray
On the left hand side of each photo you will see a red button which says Give, Act or Pray. Touch this button to see the prayer or action for each day.
This button also opens up a small information screen, which shows the total amount of donations and actions.
If you press the grey upturned page corner on the bottom right of this panel, you can see how many other donations and actions have been taken.
You can also use the icons on this panel to share the app on Facebook and Twitter. We want as many people as possible to join us on this journey through Lent.
On every page of the app there is a Help button, a circle containing a question mark, in the bottom right corner of every photo.
Press this icon for a Help area, details about Christian Aid, a link to our donation page and a link for you to get in touch. The red Back button will return you to the page you came from.
You can also switch on the daily notifications if you chose not to receive them on opening the app for the first time.