... to minister to the impoverished.
When I used to teach philosophy, it was sometimes a challenge to help students see that the "impoverished," for lack of a better word, are often not equipped or able to take the steps necessary to empower themselves. It is not enough to say, "Why don't you get a job?" even assuming a person would be in a position to take one if it were available. The "impoverished" often would not know where to start to become empowered.
But it occurred to me today that I am the same way as far as equipping the impoverished. I want to see those in need helped. I want them to be able to support themselves and contribute to society. I want to see people lifted out of cycles of despair. I don't know where I would start to contribute to society myself in this way.
So I am impoverished in my own way, caught in a cycle of unhelpfulness.