Welcome to Parakaleo Ministry
Parakaleo, meaning “to appeal” or “to exhort” gently, is the original Greek word used in 1 Tim 5: 1-2.
It has been selected as the name for this ministry, because, as indicated by Paul in his letter to Timothy, it reflects the attitude we seek to minister to people experiencing gender confusion.
Gender identity confusion or Gender identity disorder is the term used to describe people whose sense of self (identity) is inconsistent with their biological sex.
These people are usually referred to as transvestite, transsexual or transgendered. Though there are historical examples of gender confusion, the terms transvestite and transsexual are peculiar to the twentieth century. The Bible therefore appears to have little to say directly on the subject.
Unfortunately these conditions are poorly understood, and when help and understanding is sought from either secular (i.e. medical etc.) authorities or Christian sources even greater confusion can occur.
The consequences for both the individual and those caring for them can be quite devastating.
Jesus provided relief for people in a non judgmental way, as in the case of the woman caught in adultery. (John Ch.8)
The aim of Parakaleo Ministry is to begin in a similar vein, and to introduce people to the message of the Gospel and the healing love of the Lord Jesus Christ.