We have been living at such a level that we have not been able to even take care of our own family without aid much less be a conduit for other people's change. Frugality on our part has nothing to do with how much we make and give. We can live simply so others can simply live, but we can succeed prosperously so that we can give and be generous.
Perhaps you've looked at my blog or facebook posts and thought we've fallen off the deep end seeking riches and prosperity. We have lived in poverty (American poverty) but we were called to greatness. Not so we can be looked at, but because there are people hurting who need people who love. We know what it's like to be hungry, cold, ashamed of our clothing, sick, depressed, surrounded by mold and rats and trash and mud. We know what it's like to be cramped and feel trapped. We don't want to live there anymore. We know other people don't either.
I remember a Sunday School teacher asking me once. "Do you prefer to Give or Get?" And then "Do you want to be rich or poor?"