New Judson Press book calls for action responding to children in poverty

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/20/18)— National studies make it clear: Poverty is the greatest threat to a child’s welfare. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, approximately 15 million children in the United States live in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold. What is God calling you to do about children who experience poverty? In “Justice for Rizpah’s Children: Radical Responses to Childhood Poverty,” the Rev. Dr. Marilyn P. Turner-Triplett inspires us to action.

“Justice for Rizpah’s Children” provides a nuanced and accurate understanding of the issues of childhood poverty as well as a biblically-based roadmap for taking practical action.

Grounded in a sermon delivered by Turner-Triplett about the biblical character of Rizpah, who advocated for the seven slain children of Saul (2 Samuel 21:1-10), this book urges readers to follow Rizpah’s example, refusing to remain idle while children are consumed by systems that prey upon the poor.

“Justice for Rizpah’s Children” features geographically and culturally diverse voices from across the nation. Each chapter highlights community organizations whose efforts address various aspects of poverty and whose strategies can be replicated by others in their own locales.

Marilyn P. Turner-Triplett, M.Div., D.Min., is founding director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Rizpah’s Children initiative, which seeks to create a network of community outreach ministries that provide long-term solutions to the complex challenges faced by children affected by poverty. Turner-Triplett preaches and teaches throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as The Christian Citizen and Sojourners.

Founded in 1824, Judson Press is a publishing ministry of American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Baptist Churches USA. It is committed to producing Christ-centered leadership resources for the transformation of individuals, congregations, communities and cultures.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies partners with American Baptists to promote Christian faith, cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and bring healing and transformation to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico.

American Baptist Churches USA is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with approximately 5,000 congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.