The Dominican Republic is located in the Caribbean approximately 575 miles ESE of Florida, and is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. God has given us a special burden for these people and this place. We live in Jarabacoa, ministering there and on the north shore in Sosua.
After Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Hispaniola (old term for the island now shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti) , he worked to make Santo Domingo its capital.
Today, it remains as the oldest European settlement in the Americas. The Dominican Republic operates as a democratic republic of 31 provinces. They gained their independence from Haiti on February 27, 1844.
There are an estimated 11 million people living in the country, 1 million of which are Haitian refugees. Economically, the leading industry is tourism. Agriculture in the form of rice, coffee, tobacco, and sugar cane are also major contributors.
The dominant sport enjoyed by the people of the DR is baseball.