Parakaleo is honored to be the Love Gift recipient for 2016! Sponsored by the PCA’s Women’s Ministry, the annual Love Gift promotes denominational connectionalism by highlighting one ministry and encouraging churches to support it financially.
“We are excited to have this opportunity to share how Parakeleo changes lives by coming alongside women in ministry,” says Parakaleo’s founder Shari Thomas. “The Love Gift will enable us to expand our training opportunities and respond to the many requests we receive for training, coaching, and network groups for church planting spouses.”
A short video profiling Parakaelo’s ministry features interviews with ministry founders and church planting spouses from several cities. In addition, two shorter video profiles of church planting spouses can be viewed at http://www.parakaleo.us/love-gift/. The video will be shown at General Assembly and at each of the seven regional Women’s Ministry Transformed conferences. Parakaleo will offer a “Taste of Parakaleo” workshop at each of the conferences as well.
“We’d love to have every church show the video at a worship service, women’s event, or other gathering,” says Thomas. Contact Maria Garriott, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would a like a Parakaleo representative to speak at your church. The DVD and bulletin inserts can be ordered from the PCA bookstore.
Since 1974, the Love Gift has raised vital funds for RUF, Special Needs Ministries, and others. Funds raised in this year’s Love Gift will be used to equip new Parakaleo trainers, coaches, and network leaders who will then train others.