Even if their self-portrait wasn't so cool, I'd have wanted to meet Matt and Misty from their blog (about "our hearts and our experiences since moving to Juarez"). They choose to live in Juarez, moving there in 2008, and simply by being there, they make a difference...a big one. Matt gently chided me earlier this year on some of my posts about the drug war, encouraging me to be positive, to not give up hope on Juarez. "What," I responded, " would action for hope look like in this situation?"
Matt and Misty had a answer.
They are pursuing an initiative to "green" the neighborhood. No pie-in-the-sky initiative, this is based on a TED talk: “Greening the Ghetto”, wherein MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx.
If we are affected by our environment, Matt and Misty are changing the environment in Juarez, and they are changing the emotional climate, too. They are acting from their Christian faith perspective and would see themselves as lay missionaries of a sort, I believe. But they serve also as goodwill ambassadors for the United States and liasons between "worlds"--the haves and have nots.