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

Asperger's Syndrome (AS)

A part of the Autism Spectrum of Disorders (ASD)

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


Puppy & Baby Gator:
different perceptual & social skills
need time & patience for trust & understanding

* SEE VIDEO OF SCOTTY & GATOR *

VIDEO Encouragement ;-)

VIDEOS of Service Dogs & their AS

- Adriana with Grady her AS service dog
- UK News video showing dog stopping an AS meltdown

WHAT IS ASPERGER'S SYNDROME?

(More resources are linked after this initial description)

The following webpage is an excellent overview and description of the NEUROBIOLOGICAL DISORDER called Asperger's Syndrome (https://aspennj.org/what-is-asperger-syndrome). It is NOT a "psychological" disorder. It is a physical disability that a person is born with. Therefore, the symptoms and struggle are NOT the FAULT of the person with Asperger's Syndrome.

I often remind my students (and adults at seminars) that EVERYONE is a package of ABILITIES and DISABILITIES. Some disabilities are more visible than others, and some make life more difficult than others, but we all have them. Some disabilities are due to developmental problems as a baby forms in its mother's womb, yet others are the result of an "accident" or disease.

However, a significant percentage of our disabilities are due to genetic mutations (errors), many of which are passed on from generation to generation. In fact, numerous scientists, including Dr. John Sanford (inventor of the Gene Gun at Cornell) have demonstrated that every population of creatures is accumulating increasingly more destructive (deleterious) mutations each successive generation. No, the cool and fun science fiction movies like "X-Men", where mutations give people amazing "abilities", is not and never will be reality. Mutations over time cause disorders and disabilities. They destroy genetic information which destroys structures or functions, and eventually over generations lead to extinction. (See Dr. Sanford's book, GENETIC ENTROPY for more on this.)

This process called "mutation meltdown" began when humans chose selfish sin and caused separation from our Creator who held all things in order, harmonious function and relationships. This resulted in increasing disorder, dysfunction, dis-ease, and death. The good news, however, is that our Creator has always provided His Way for reconciliation with Him, and the promise of eternal life in His "New Creation" after death. (See the Gospel - Good News

Even better news is that now in this life, anyone, regardless of disabilities can be reconciled with their Creator and have His love flowing through them to others. THAT is the greatest ability a person can have, especially when it shines through whatever disabilities he or she might have.

Biblical & Christian Counseling Resources
and resources that while not fully biblical,
do contain some helpful information

Asperger Syndrome: Meeting the Challenges with Hope,
http://newgrowthpress.com/asperger-syndrome/
Michael R. Emlet, MDiv, MD, practiced as a family physician for over ten years before becoming a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He is the author of the book Cross Talk: Where Life & Scripture Meet, the mini-books Asperger Syndrome; Chronic Pain; Angry Children: Understanding and Helping Your Child Regain Control; and Help for the Caregiver: Facing the Challenges with Understanding and Strength, and many counseling articles.

Asperger Syndrome Book DESCRIPTION: "Someone you love has been diagnosed with the neurological disorder Asperger Syndrome. You are already experiencing the social struggles, communication difficulties, and other challenges, but you are also looking for hope. Does the Bible speak to this struggle? In CCEFs Asperger Syndrome: Meeting the Challenges with Hope, Michael R. Emlet combines his experience as a physician and a biblical counselor to explain Asperger Syndrome and highlight the unique place each person, including those with AS, have in God's family. He gives biblical, practical advice on how to deal with the spiritual challenges of AS and encourages with the truth that each person has inherent dignity and worth. New Growth Press minibooks are frequently used by pastors and ministry leaders to help others apply biblical wisdom to specific life issues. Churches, biblical counseling ministries, and missional organizations make the minibooks available in their acrylic display cases to further discipleship and gospel-centered living."

CCEF - Christian Counseling & Education Foundation
https://www.ccef.org/topic/aspergers-syndrome

Narcissism or Aspie? by AACC
While I don't agree with a lot of information presented by AACC, this particular article is a very good discussion about the mislabeling of patterns as narcissism, when they are really the manifestation of neurologically based, social perception disabilities.
https://www.aacc.net/2013/10/10/narcissism-or-aspergers-keys-to-working-with-challenging-marriages/

A Mom's Personal Perspective
http://aspiewifeandmom.blogspot.com/2009/10/biblical-counseling-and-aspergers.html

Dr. Laura Hendrickson, M.D.
https://ibcd.org/autism-and-asperger-syndrome/
http://www.alexchediak.com/2009/02/biblical_discipline_and_childr.php
Finding Your Child’s Way on the Autism Spectrum: Discovering Unique Strengths, Mastering Behavior Challenges

“Finding Your Child's Way on the Autism Spectrum is a guide for parents struggling to communicate and manage behavioral challenges with their autistic child. Dr. Laura Hendrickson, a psychiatrist and Biblical counselor, is the mother of a grown son who recovered from autism. She offers compassionate, practical advice on raising your child into adulthood and helping him function as the person God created them to be.”
SEE ALSO:
- VIDEO (Joni & Friends) Making Sense of Autism (Part 1) (Part 2)
- "But My Child is Different")
- "IN MEMORY OF LAURA HENDRICKSON")

Biblical Counseling Coalition
http://biblicalcounselingcoalition.org/council-member-bios/
http://biblicalcounselingcoalition.org/category/autism/

VIDEOS of AS Research (cause, treatment, etc.)
- 2015 YALE Univ. study may help explain
- Washington Post on role of AS folks & tech industry
- WHY change diagnostic labels from Asperger's to ASD?

SECULAR & GENERAL
RESOURCES:

- GOOGLE Autism - GOOGLE Asperger's