Our History

Jesus calls all of us as His followers to “Go and Make Disciples” (The Great Commission, Matthew 28:19) DeLynn and Gloria Hoover felt a cross-cultural call to “Make Disciples” and in January 2003 moved their small family to Costa Rica.

Blessed with the unique gifts of life experiences as well as a family background in Latin American missions the Hoovers began working with interns and short-term staff to launch the original program Vida Missions. That first summer, 35 youth worked with a church in Puerto Viejo, one of the first 20 churches with which the ministry had first established relationships. Since this time Vida Missions has sent thousands of youth, adults and families to the 40 plus churches that make up the Nehemiah network.

The various ministries were incorporated in January 2009 as a non-profit organization called VidaNet. The stateside office was established in Akron, Pennsylvania and VidaNet became governed by a board of directors which represents the reach of the ministry. The Hoovers continue to serve with VidaNet as Executive Director and Administrator.

Over the years multiple ministries have developed and become part of the VidaNet structure. This includes the 10-month discipleship program Vida220, the community outreach program Love Letter Project, and most recently in 2014 the El Nido crisis pregnancy center directed by Gloria Hoover. 

We encourage you to come visit us and enjoy the exciting things God is doing here.

Growing up and reaching out!

We serve to raise up disciples and send out missionaries to spread the gospel of Christ through acts of love.