I talked with Matt Arnold today. He and his family were missionaries in Chihua Chihua, Mexico, for 17 years. They worked with indigenous people in the rural areas there. He said it’s not “African poverty,” but the poverty there is significant — and just one poor growing season away from major problems. In fact, because of an unexpected cold snap that came through Chihua Chihua last year, Arnold said come harvest time there there may well be some dire needs. (For more on Mr. Arnold and his mission go to ntm.org.) During our conversation, Mr. Arnold also alluded to the escalating violence across Mexico. On a campaign “Border Tour” a number of years ago, our family went to Juarez, Mexico (billed as the “Murder Capital of Mexico”). Some 200,000 people there live in slums with no running water, no sewers, no electricity… What’s more, many work in multi-national plants there making $3 a shift, not an hour, a shift. Note: With the passing of NAFTA in 1994, it opened the door for more and more ‘sweat shop’ situations throughout Mexico and Latin America.