662-251-0858 info@cristinashope.org 127 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702

About Us

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Our Approach

Our Mission

Someone once said, "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime." Cristina's Hope exists to do exactly that.  Our desire is to provide educational assistance to some of the poorest children in the world. The children of Guatemala receive a free public education through the sixth grade.  Upon graduation, unless they can afford tuition at private schools to further their education, they enter the work force.

By providing access to additional education for children, incredible new doors of opportunity open for them to change the trajectory of their family.  Ultimately, by meeting these and other physical needs for the children and their families, we hope to see families come to know Christ and serve Him faithfully.

This ministry is the result of a journey which began in 2010 in El Tejar, Guatemala.  Please take a moment to learn a little more about this ministry and how the Lord has worked in the heart the founders of Cristina's Hope by reading our story.

While many would say that Cristina and other children are the ones blessed through this ministry, those who participate by partnering with the children understand that the blessing is mutual.  We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have.  Please contact us by emailing info@cristinashope.org.

Cristina's Hope is recognized 501(c)(3) in the state of Mississippi and with the Internal Revenue Service.  Therefore, all contributions are tax deductible.

Our Story

Meet the Executive Director

Based in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, Cesar Arreaga serves as the Executive Director of Cristinas Hope.  Cesar is responsible for the day to day oversight and implementation of the ministry.  He works to identify needy children, build relationships with Christian Schools, works to strengthen the entire family, and provides accountability and encouragement for students engaged in the ministry.

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Cesar Arreaga

Executive Director

Cesar Arreaga is a gifted teacher and leader.  He and his wife, Carina have two beautiful children and reside in Chimaltenango.

When you meet Cesar, you meet a friend who seeks to love you as Christ would and to help you grow in your Christian walk.  Cesar, a professor at the local seminary in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, has been a partner with mission teams for over ten years.  As the founders of Cristina's Hope began to pray about who would lead the ministry on the ground in Chimaltenango, Cesar was the obvious and first choice.  However, Cesar was already serving as a local youth pastor in addition to his duties at the seminary.  Yet, the board of Cristina's Hope felt led to ask Cesar to be involved.  When the presented with the opportunity and encouraged to pray, Cesar simply responded, "We have already been praying for the Lord to use us to bless families.  Our answer is yes because His answer is yes."

Cesar is the right man to be the Executive Director of Cristina's Hope because He is God's man.  Join us in partnering with Cesar as He leads Cristina's Hope.

Meet the Board of Directors

Each of the members of the Cristina's Hope have served in Guatemala on multiple short-term mission teams over the last ten years.  Through their service, God has burdened these men and women to help children "learn to fish" and provide better opportunities for their families.


Hayes Rector

Founder & President

A husband and father of three, Hayes and his family are actively involved in his local church.  He first traveled to Guatemala in 2013 where he met Cristina, her brother Freddie and the rest of their family.  The Lord gave Hayes a heart to change the trajectory of children through education.


Hope White

Eponym & Board Member

Hope is married to Craig and Mom to two great boys.  She met Cristina when she made her first trip to Guatemala in 2010.  You can read more of Hope's story on the "Our Story" page. Hope is a servant at heart and loves people.


Breck Ladd

Vice President

Breck is the Senior Pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus, MS who has led or participated in many mission trips around the world.  His wife and three children share his heart for missions.  While they have all been tremendous experiences, Guatemala has become his second home.


Craig White


Craig is blessed to be married to Hope and be Dad to two boys.  He serves as a deacon and teacher in their local church in Birmingham, Alabama.  Craig has been involved in several missions to Guatemala and other areas.


Rodney Falkner

Chief Financial Officer

Rodney and his family call Columbus, MS home and are actively engaged in their local church.  After making his first trip to Guatemala in 2017, Rodney helped craft the vision of Cristina's Hope.  With a background in banking and finance, Rodney is using his talents to bless the Cristina's Hope family.


Stacy Farnham

Board Member

Stacy, her husband, Jeff, and their son and daughter have been a part of multiple teams to Guatemala.  With a servant's heart and a love for people, Stacy is an essential part of the ongoing missions to share the love of Christ with the families of Guatemala.

Next Steps...

If you would like to learn more about partnering with a child and family, please contact us at info@cristinashope.org  or through our contact form. We know you have multiple options to help children around the world in the name of Christ.  We also know that if you partner with Cristina's Hope you will join in making a difference in the lives of the children of Guatemala.