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Frances and Tim Shiels are coming to terms with their new relationship

Frances and Tim Shiels are coming to terms with their new relationship

Kevin Scott

Frances and Tim Shiels are coming to terms with their new relationship

Pastor Tim Shiels and his father, who now identifies as a woman and calls himself Frances, showed enormous courage in revealing the trauma caused within their family circle by Frances' decision.

Tim has also shown the true meaning of Christianity in standing by his father even if he doesn't approve of his interpretation of his condition.

This is no happy ever after story, especially for Frances, who is estranged from his former wife, his daughter and his grandchildren and has suffered abuse socially.

While Tim didn't desert his father, he was very angry with him. But it has made him more aware of the complexities faced by some people in their lives.

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