Dennis and Jeanne Cook are evangelical missionaries in the Darien Jungle, Panama, in Central America.
They have been living and serving there for 38 years. They raised and home schooled four children, who are all serving the Lord today.
They are now joined by two of their sons who are sharing in the work of evangelizing that part of Panama.
The Lord has allowed them to:
Providing food and supplies to village.
Vida Ministries is a 501-C3 non-profit organization that believes in equipping the local pastors and the poor who live in the Darien Jungle of Panama. Vida provides resources needed to live successful lives through leadership classes, Bible School, hygiene classes, special outreaches to help the poor in the jungle.
Vida Ministries is supported 100%
by church and individual donations
The vision of Vida Ministries is to train national pastors in a two-year Bible School and to establish strong local churches. They have established 7 churches inside the Chocó Indian reservation. Rev. Dennis is the only man that was granted permission by the Indian authorities to establish churches on the Chocó Indian reservation.
The Cooks also pioneered a confraternity called United Pastors. The purpose of this organization is to unite the body of Christ. Vida Ministries has supplied many of these churches with a Sunday School Curriculum and supplies. They minister to over 1100 children on a weekly basis through this program.
In 1991 the Cooks pioneered Radio Vida. It is the first and only Christian radio station in the densest jungle in the world
This radio station reaches approximately 70,000 residents on a daily basis. There is a lack of communications in most of the jungle however people can go to the radio station and pass a message to their loved ones. For this reason the radio is the first thing every household turns on in the morning and the last thing they turn off at night.
To learn more about Vida Ministries, click on their name link.
A Police Chief in Panama is a good friend of Dennis & Jeanne's. He is a Christian and help keep them safe being so close to the Colombian border. The Police Chief came to Dennis with the problem. Many of his officers were so afraid of the Colombians they were committing suicide.
Dennis began teaching Bible Study at Police Headquarters. The Police Chief mandated that all radio stations in Panama were to listen to Dennis' radio station which broadcasts only Christian teachings & music. One year later, ALL suicides stopped.