The internet can be a bit overwhelming with the amount of unfiltered content that fills timelines, but Blessings Through Action looks to create a “safe place” for Christian users on the internet with a new social media platform, “Our Action Place.”
“Our Action Place” was created by Blessings Through Action’s founder Elaine Beck. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, “Our Action Place” features a feed divided into two sections: an “Official Wall” that contains updates from Blessings Through Action itself and a “Community Wall,” which is “a place for all Christians to voice their beliefs and opinions.”
What separates “Our Action Place” from other social media platforms is the content.
The app is full of Christian messages, memes and Christian-based news for its users.
As a Christian, Beck said she felt her purpose was to bring the Christian community together under one voice and was inspired by God.
“The Lord said to me, ‘I’m going to put the right people in the right places at the right time and I’m going to help you do this, and then in two years they will know.’ Now I don’t know what that is, but he put that in my heart. I went to my husband and I said, ‘this is what God is telling me,’ and he said, ‘Then let’s do it,’” Beck said.
After realizing her vision, Beck hired a company to help her build the Blessings Through Action website and develop the “Our Action Place” application.
The app was completed within two months and launched in March 2019. Since its launch, the social media platform has amassed more than 300 users and is continuing to grow.
Diane Hollington, assistant for Blessings Through Action, has worked for Beck since the beginning and explained their mission statement.
“The action (in Blessings Through Action) stands for All Christians Together In Our Nation. (Elaine) wanted to come up with a very positive social media platform — a safe place for kids, teenagers and college people just to share what they have on their minds,” Hollington said.
Cindy Roberts, daughter of Beck, helps with the back-end development of the app and said that with its small demographic, it is currently in its “beta” stage as they are optimizing it to make it more user-friendly.
“We’re trying to take in as much feedback from people as we can — what they like, what they don’t like … and features that needed to be added to make it more user friendly,” Roberts said. “It’s been a long journey with not a lot of dead ends, believe it or not. God really put what we needed in front of us.”
“The Our Action Place” app is available for download on the Apple App store and Google Play and users can join free of charge.
To find out more about Blessings Through Action and some of its work around the nation, visit www.blessingsthroughaction.org.