Debbie and I heard about Hope of Life through a good friend who I had worked with at the Christian radio station in Wichita. We were captivated immediately by the stories we heard and drawn to Hope of Life mission. We prayed for almost 9 months seeking God's direction. We had been blessed and wanted to work for His kingdom. We asked God to "open up the doors" for us to walk through if this was His direction for our lives. We then reached out through the internet.The story below became our motivation. God blessed our union with Carlos and Cheryl and today we share in their devotion to helping the poor, the orphans and the elderly in Guatemala Carlos Vargas was born in 1952 in Zacapa, Guatemala. Though his family suffered from extreme poverty, his mother Doña Virgilia Belarmina Olivade Vargas encouraged Carlos to excel in school and his father Don José Facundo Vargas Morales taught him the importance of hard work. All the while, his mother fostered his naturally compassionate spirit. At age 16, Carlos moved to America to find work and begin a
new life. With each passing year, he became more successful, finding the life he had always dreamed of. But one day, Carlos became very ill and the doctors could
do nothing to help him. Although he was not a person of faith, he cried out to the Lord and made Him a promise: "God if you heal me, I promise I will live for you; I will help the poor of my country." God blessed Carlos and healed him." In
1973, he married Cheryl Peterson and they dedicated their lives to Christ and committed their family to Him.
The Vargas family is blessed with five children—each
of them raised with their parents' passion for the poor. Together, they spend the majority of their time in Guatemala serving the weak, the homeless, and the poor.