Life in Dallas, for me at least, was relatively protected. I moved, almost exclusively, among white middle-class friends and acquaintances. Economic events, for the most part, happened to someone else. What makes life here so different is that one is challenged daily by what happens in the world. China’s economy is down so a minerals exporter like South Africa is hit directly. A rise in the Fed’s interest rate will cause investment funds to dry up as those funds return to the States with a direct impact on employment here. Much of our last Church Council meeting was taken up with the problem of the homeless who come inside for shelter and to enjoy the tea after the service. World events, which tended to pass me by in Dallas, cause poverty to rise (and fall) here in Cape Town. China’s economic woes are not just of academic interest but a real challenge to me as a Christian. How do I respond? One feels that one is really working on the coal face here.