expertise of academics, activists, pastors, and social service3 professionals to consider the lives and special concerns of children living in proverty-biblically, educationally, physically, sociologically, politically. "Proverty is more than simply living below a certain income threshold. Children who are poor almost always live in families with a host of other exacerbating issues-parents with low education levels; families led by youn, single women; violence both within the family and the surrounding community; and parental substance abuse and emotional problems such as depression. So it is hard to isolate the effects of income poverty, but there is no doubt that lack of income makes all of the
other problems in poor children's lives more difficult to handle." - Jennifer Coulter Stapleton, "Poor Children: The Walking Wounded"
Whether the problems are caused by poverty or the issues that obstacles and challenges unknown to their middle and upper-income peers. Editors Ron Sider and Heidi Unruh have drawn together the