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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 sprunger@bimi.org. 10 Islander – No 1, 2013