Cheryl and Carlos Vargas
Leading the Hope of Life team through exemplary hard work, passion, and dedication, Carlos and Cheryl’s dream of changing the world drives Hope of Life’s mission of saving lives. Starting the ministry 30 years ago, their compassion has impacted hundreds of thousands of lives. Coming from an impoverished upbringing, to being named as the 3rd most influential Guatemalan, Carlos with Cheryl by his side, has never stopped striving to create a better Guatemala. The parents of 5 children, and grandparents to 7, they love to spend time with their family and look forward to how the Lord will bless their future generations.
With a degree in accounting, a passion for hard work, and a thirsty entrepreneurial spirit- Katie Arriaza Vargas is known for consistently reaching new levels in everything she does. As President and CEO of Hope of Life International, she dreams of the opportunity to expand, grow, and assist thousands more in Guatemala. Under her direction for the last 10 years, the organization has grown exponentially with no sign of slowing down. While successfully navigating her Hope of Life commitments, Katie also has a successful personal business and is the mother of two wonderful sons. She loves spending time with her husband Oscar, and is passionate about being devoted to her family.
Working with the Hope of Life team for over 15 years, Lourdes is part of Hope of Life’s foundation. Overseeing the daily ministry of Hope of Life’s Guatemala base- Esperanza de Vida, she manages over 400 staff with excellence and a solution-oriented approach. Constantly finding innovative ways to minister to thousands, she is responsible for obtaining numerous awards on behalf of Esperanza de Vida. With her passion for improving the efficiency of Esperanza de Vida, Lourdes has changed the future of Guatemala. In her time away from the ministry, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and participating in her local church activities.