Good Shepherd
Initiative

FREE Since 1983

Sid Galloway BS, M.Div. (Biograhical Information)
Just an OLD sheepdog
of our Good Shepherd Creator Christ

Ask the animals,
and they will teach you,
.. Which of all these
does not know
that the LORD's hand
has done this?
In His hand is the
soul (nephesh)
of every creature and the breath of all mankind"
Job 12:7-9

Worldview
of your
Good Shepherd
Creator: Christ
Human Trafficking & Slavery
Don't Just Happen
(Jesus said in Mark 7:21-23)

Would a "good" God design
"survival of the fittest"
as His WAY?
(Isaiah 65:25)

Rights - Any discussion about human rights (slavery, oppression) or animal rights (cruelty, abuse) must first address our Creator's rights. He has the right to command how we treat both His people and His animals.

Scotty the Good Shepherd
Service Sheepdog


3 Videos Animal Friends * *
Otis ----- Zoe ---- River


Suzy service-dog genius
(more below)

Responsibilities - Jesus said the root cause of suffering in this world is a distorted view of and/or the rejection of the true WAY of our Creator. (John 8:1-59)

sidotter


"Squirt" the Otter


Releasing rehabbed critters


Atchafalaya Swamp

Mistakes - Man's self-serving, misguided, mischaracterizations of God have historically led to personal and cultural conflict, corruption, and collapse.

Hope - Discovering the WHO?, the WHY?, and the "WAY"? of origins is the foundation for true transformation.

Mike's "service-frog"


Therapy Zorse & Zeedonk

Change - Truly lasting change for individuals and cultures must begin at the cornerstone - the Creator of creation.


Darwin's Self-image
by Mike Galloway


Formal"Boatie" - Lizaboa

"Then I looked again
at all the acts of oppression
which were being done
under the sun.
And behold I saw
the tears
of the oppressed
and that they had
no one to comfort them;
and on the side of their
oppressors was power,
but they had
no one to comfort them."
Ecclesiastes 4:1


Wild Rory - paralyzed by gun shot yet grateful
for loving care

raccoon_river_sidarms


L'l River raccoon


"Flower"


Candy-cane corn snake


Opossum Brothers:
Tom & Jerry


Brother Tom


Animal-Assisted GSI



Scotty my service dog
assistant :-)


Scotty doing his job well


God's living teddy-bears


Missing the old days


My Proverbs 31 wife
meeting my old girlfriend, elephant "Jean"


Old friends Jean & Panya meet my daughter


Jean meets her keeper's son



Mandy Clouded Leopard who saved me from suicide


My morning greeters
Akela & Rakshi
Back in the den they'd beg me to rub their heads
to start the day.


Shiva -my PTSD leopard
raised by humans, terrified of other leopards


Bratar:the cowardly lion


Rani: Bratar's sister :-(

Banu - my favorite comedian who loved to prank people


Candra, Banu's mom


Banu teasing Candra


Byomi asking for a treat


Ali the bitter black panther who learned love


Zoe: disabled squirrel
born with no tail / only 3 feet
- even more lovable


Scotty meets his first gator


Marriage in Christ


Suzy protecting her rescued puppy


Molly the semi-blind Opossum Lady


Little Blue
- transferred to Fed. rehab


Big Red
- gunshot wound


Baby Huey acting tough


Scotty's piggy


Rescuing Stubby
(see his Facebook page)


Audubon Zoo memories


Lizaboa Animal Assistant


David & elephant Panya


Mr. Galloway
Old Sheepdog


Charlie
Russian Legless Lizard


Hawk - Barron
powerful talons


Otis - hit by car


Little River as a baby


Little River
working on the lock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

GSI - Good Shepherd Initiative - Homepage

The Purpose
of Disabilities
see also Disability Resources

(See also: Forgiveness, Autism, Disability Purposes,Bullying, Counseling)


Zoe - our "disabled" squirrel
(born with no tail & missing back left foot)

surgmike froghand
The Good Shepherd will lead you through any trial,
if you will follow in humility.

WHAT?
Nobody stands alone. All of us have both abilities and disabilities. It's just that some are more obvious than others. Sadly, the natural tendency of human selfishness and pride (sin nature) blinds us to the true purposes for trials, difficulties, and disabilities.

WHY?
There is a reason. Nothing happens by accidenct, but not all things come from God. We now live in a broken, infected creation, partially separated by mankind's choice from God's full protection and provision. Yet, nothing sneeks past the Good Shepherd. He never looks down in shocked surprise thinking: "Shoot, I didn't see that coming". The good news is that God stops millions of things from happening. The best news is that everthing that happens has been allowed by Him for an eternal reason. By the way, beyond disabilities, that also includes the difficult circumstances and hurtful people that are in everyone's life.

AWESOME ABILITY!
Not everyone can be super smart, a great athelete, amazing musician, or movie star. Actually none of those sorts of "abilities" come even close to the most awesome ability in the universe.

That ability is the most valuable and the most important anyone has ever experienced or imagined. And anyone can have it, for free, guaranteed! You can't earn it, buy it, or make it by your own willpower or effort. Yet once you have it, no one can ever take it away from you. That most valuable ability, that gift, is the character of our Creator, Christ, the fruit of His loving Spirit.

"the fruit of the Spirit is love: joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5) It's a free gift through Jesus the promised Messiah, bought and paid for by His pure unselfish life, His self-sacrificial death, and His resurrection power. It's not a thing. The gift is Himself as Lord and Rescuer by simply submitting in faith - surrendering our selfish will to His pure loving will.

“Therefore, having been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace [= gift]
in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations,
knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;

and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Now hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts
by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:1-5

"And we know that all things work together for good
to those who love God, to those who are the called
according to His purpose.

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined
to be conformed to the image [character] of His Son,
that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
"
Romans 8:28-29

"Concerning this thing [disability/trial]
I pleaded with the Lord three times
that it might depart from me. 
But He said to me,
'My grace [
gift] is sufficient for you,
for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my disabilities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
Therefore I take pleasure in disabilities, in reproaches,
in needs, in persecutions, in distresses,
for Christ’s sake.
For when I am weak, then I am strong."
2 Corinthians 12:8-10

If you are feeling so down that even suicide crosses your mind as an option, then please see the following article. I wrestled with the same feelings for many years as a youth and young man:

SUICIDE? HOPE!


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