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Dale Hanson Bourke shows us a new way to look at poverty

Cossy, a young boy in Zambia, is facing severe malnutrition due to hunger. Photo: ©2013 Collins Kaumba/World Vision

Cossy, a young boy in Zambia, is facing severe malnutrition due to hunger.
Photo: ©2013 Collins Kaumba/World Vision

In yesterday’s Christianity Today article “Why Am I Not Poor?” Women of Vision friend and former World Vision board member Dale Hanson Bourke shares a new way to look at poverty.

We are blessed. Birth certificates, good health, education, and access to capital are just some of the benefits of living in the developing world.

In her article, Bourke shares how her perspective changed as she began to realize to interact with those in poverty:

For the first time in my life, I actually knew desperately poor people. The more I listened to their stories the more it became obvious to me that if there was a difference between us it was that they worked even harder than I ever had. I remember standing next to a woman in a Haitian slum, watching her cook with one hand, care for her baby with the other, and occasionally use her cooking spoon to defend her one room shack from the dogs and young men who threatened to take the little food she had. With stunning clarity, I realized that I could never survive in such circumstances, let alone succeed.

Read the entire article at Christianity Today here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/january-web-only/why-am-i-not-poor.html

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