Sylvia Smiles


It was a few months ago when I gave my friend three child sponsorship packets to look through. Without opening the packets she looked carefully at the pictures. It took her only a minute to choose to sponsor Sylvia, a six-year-old girl from Mexico. Of the three, Sylvia was the only one not smiling. My friend told me, “I want to put a smile on this girls face.”

She did.

At our small group Bible study this past week my friend showed me this picture that Sylvia sent to her. The picture from the sponsorship packet of a frowning Sylvia is on the right. See her smile in the more recent photo with her mother and sister? That smile is the result of having a sponsor who loves and cares for her, believes in her, and generously gives to Sylvia and her family.

Sylvia smiles.

Sadness is turned to happiness.

Despair gives way to hope.

Sylvia smiles. My friend smiles. I smile.

My great joy is being able to share in the joy my friend finds in sponsoring Sylvia. Matching children with sponsors is always exciting, it always brings a smile, but there is a special thrill when the sponsor is someone you know and see regularly and are able to share the joy with. Each letter, each picture, and every hug my friend shares is a cause for celebration for both of us.

Sylvia’s birthday is next month. We are already talking about how we will celebrate.

You can put a smile on a child’s face too. Children all over the world are waiting for smiles, for someone to release them from poverty in Jesus’ name. Your support, just $38 a month, provides so much. Medical checkups, nutritious food, health and hygiene training, education, and more. All this for $1.27 per day.

When children find out they’ve been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.

Please take a minute and go to, find a child who could use a smile, and become a smile giving sponsor today.