DALLAS (AP) - North Texas church groups that once regularly
visited Mexico's border towns to help improve living conditions
there are canceling trips or sending fewer people because of the
region's violence, the swine flu outbreak and the worsening
The Dallas Morning News reports several groups have adjusted
their plans and some were planning to go to South Texas, instead.
The student ministries pastor McKinney Fellowship Bible Church,
Jon Ewton, says this is the hardest year in terms of getting people
The church will send half its usual number of youth to Mexico
this summer to build homes for the poor.
First Presbyterian Church of Dallas said it planned to send a
team to Galveston, to help with Hurricane Ike recovery efforts.
The church has a seven-year tradition of working in Juarez, but
decided to send only money, due to the violence.