Misery Versus Poverty
I heard a nurse speak about her missionary work in Africa. She worked in several former Portuguese colonies, such as Cape Verde, and was telling us about how the poverty there touched her in a positive way.
“I’m not talking about misery… there is a difference between poverty and misery. I also saw misery there. Now I’m talking about poverty.”
She meant poverty in the simplicity of the people, their detachment from material goods, their openness to others. “The toys,” she said, “My children have so, so, so many toys. Those children did not have toys. They played with what they found