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Published on November 15th, 2018 | by ABCUSA

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New Judson Press Book Calls for Action Responding to Children in Poverty

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 11/15/18)—National studies make it clear: poverty is the greatest threat to a child’s welfare. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, about 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, Rev. Dr. Marilyn Turner-Triplett inspires us to action.

Justice for Rizpah’s Children provides a nuanced and accurate understanding of the issues of childhood proverty, 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 work to address different aspects of poverty and whose strategies can be replicated by others in their own locales.

Marilyn P. Turner-Triplett, MDiv, DMin, is founding director of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ Rizpah’s Children program, 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 US 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 the 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 in answering God’s call to promote Christian faith across the United States and Puerto Rico to cultivate Christ-centered leaders and disciples, and heal and transform communities, by developing aligned action networks and programs.

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.


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