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by Gary Sprunger
La Vega or Concepción de La Vega is located in the heart of the Dominican
Republic. In 1494 Christopher Columbus built a fort here to guard the Cibao
Valley's gold deposits. By 1510 Concepción became a noted gold-town and
the largest and most important European city in the Northern Hemisphere.
Unexpectedly on December 2, 1562, the entire town was buried by an
earthquake. The survivors relocated the town on the banks of the Camú River. La Vega or
Concepción de La Vega grew and became the first archdiocese of the Catholic
Church in the New World. Today it is a thriving city with the largest cathedral in
the Dominican Republic planted in the city square.
Steve and Julia Brockell sensed the call of God to reach this city with the Gospel of
Jesus Christ. Today Iglesia Bautista Vida Abundante has been established in front
of the Parque de Palmas, one of the main streets in town. Annually, the La Vega
Carnival de Diablo Cojuelo (“limping devils”) parades through the streets in front
of the church. Groups known as comparsas dress up in colorful costumes with
grotesque faces that have bloodshot eyes and sharp fangs. They move through the
streets whipping people with vejigas (cow bladders filled with air).
Daily, thousands of people pass by the church. Iglesia Bautista Vida Abundante
is leaving a profound testimony in the minds of the people. To help the Brockells
reach this city of roughly 250,000 people, we have started the Reaching the
Hidden City Project. It is our goal to print 50,000 Spanish Bibles with a clear
presentation of the Gospel in the forward. Our prayer is to place a Bible in every
home or residence in La Vega. Would you pray that the funds will come in so we
can evangelize the city of La Vega?
If you would like to help us, please send your contribution
to BIMI, P.O. Box 9, Harrison, TN 37341, ATTN: La
Vega—Reaching the Hidden City Project Acct. #67. For more
information, please contact Rev. Gary Sprunger, (cell) 864–266–
4518 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10 Islander – No 1, 2013