“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16 v 33

As we are now in 2021 we’re sure we are all wondering what it will have in store for us. The start of a new year always brings with it a feeling of the unknown and probably this year more than others. We know that 2020 was very different to what we thought it would be or even had planned for, but the reassuring fact is, that we have hope. Hope in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We know that He has gone before us this year and that we can trust and depend on Him through everything. Smile International is the Lord’s work and we rely on Him to lead and guide us and the work as we continue to turn tears into smiles this year.

We are excited about a new year as it brings with it new opportunities, and we are holding onto the hope of all the new smiles that will be created throughout 2021. This is our aim and goal, as always, to turn as many tears into smiles as possible and to keep people smiling during adversity. Smiles of hope, reassurance, love, encouragement, provision, blessing and relief are so important and there is an increase in the need for all these areas to be fulfilled.

There is so much to be achieved this year and so many ways in which we can help people smile, which excites us and challenges us to do the best that we can. We know that we will be facing higher demands this year, across all areas of our work, due to the impact of COVID-19, the global pandemic, so we’re sure it’s going to be another busy year!

In order for us to keep the smiles of hope going this year, we need you. We need your support to enable us to keep doing what we’re doing. You can help by supporting our FEED programmes; Feeding, Educating, Empowering and Developing, helping a child or widow to smile through our Sponsorship programme and donating to the work to keep turning tears into smiles. There is so much to be achieved and so many people that need our help, but resources and finances need to be replenished in order to keep people smiling. Any donation or gift that you can give will be a great help and used wisely.

There is always hope to be found in helping others and we urge you this year to support the work of Smile International.

There is always hope, especially in a smile.