Count your blessings this Lent

Christian Aid has launched a new mobile app to help people take action in solidarity with the world's poor.

The Count Your Blessings app is free and will inspire people over the 40 days of Lent with uplifting stories from Christian Aid's projects worldwide.

The suggested actions include praying for people living in conflict zones and giving 10p from every bedroom in your house as a reminder of how fortunate it is to have shelter.

The app is complemented by moving photos and thoughtful daily reflections aimed at helping people reflect on their own lives and those of people living around the world.

Christian Aid's Head of Communications, Steven Buckley, said he hoped the app would enrich people's prayer life during the Lent period.

"Lent is a great opportunity to stop and think about the many blessings we enjoy and to spare a thought for those less fortunate," he said.

"Many of us live busy lives and finding time to do this can be difficult. The app is designed to be easy to use and accessible while on the go.

"Lent isn't just about giving up things we enjoy. It can be a time to be thoughtful, to pray and take positive actions which make a difference to our fellow human beings."

Users will be able to keep a running total of all their 'give, act and pray' actions throughout Lent while also seeing the global total from other users of the app, creating a sense of community.

The app is available now for download from the Apple Store and Google Play and also from www.christianaid.org.uk/lent

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