Good Shepherd Society

The Good Shepherd's Society is a organization whose mission is to aid in the struggle to overcome poverty throughout nations of the world. This goal is accomplished through medical work, charitable relief of poverty, health education, and support of vocational and spiritual education.



About Us


The Organization

The Good Shepherd's Society is a group of believing Christians who seek to support the work of the Church among the poor in several nations of the world.  We do this through medical work, charitable relief of poverty, health education, and support of vocational and spiritual education.  Since its incorporation in 1994, the GSS has served thousands of the poor in over seventeen nations.  Our present work is mostly centered in the countries of India, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Pakistan and northwest Africa.

We are committed to interfaith dialog and peace between the major religions of the world, yet believe that Christ is the answer for our world.  We are privileged to work with people from various religions who share the same vision for peace that Christians have.  We believe firmly what Jesus Christ said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."  We seek to respect, as God Himself does, each individual's chosen path to God.

The members of The Good Shepherd's Society seek to contribute, in every way possible, to purity of word and deed in a world which becomes increasingly decadent.  We seek to protect and educate children and adolescents in particular about God's plan for their lives.  We believe Christ when He said "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."   

We are blessed to serve those that the world calls "poor."  That is because Christ said "The poor are rich in faith."  They give to us far more than we ever give to them.  Like Mother Teresa said, "The poor are rich in love."  By our service to the "poor," we are enriched with faith and with love. We pray you will also be enriched with eternal wealth of spirit as you view our web site.   

The Founder

Dr. Debra Cole, Founder

Dr. Debra Cole founded the Good Shepherd's Society in June of 1994. She did this in response to a need in India, where Pastor Haron Kumar had founded over twenty indigenous churches, but did not have a base of support in the United States. Dr. Debra had said to family members from four years of age that "I want to be a missionary doctor." 

She completed medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and her residency training in internal medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center in southern California.

After three years of active duty in the United States Army (and eight years as a Reserve and National Guard officer), she began the missionary journey with a trip into the Ugandan jungle. This took place immediately after the dictator Idi Amin had been ostracized from the nation he had brutalized. From there the journey has continued into seventeen nations. 

She has assisted such diverse groups as Youth for Christ, Youth with a Mission, Mercy Ships, African Evangelical Enterprise and churches that include the Assemblies of God, independent churches, Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics (and others too numerous to mention).

As a child her life was influenced profoundly by three figures - her two grandparents, George and Nora Goss, and her mother Patricia Gideon. All three believed strongly in the various churches working together. All three taught her about Christ and how important it is to commit our lives to Him. When she thinks of them, she thinks of the inscription on her grandfather's grave which reads, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, even until the end of the age."

Good Shepherd's Society, 4239 Berwick Farm Drive, Duluth, GA 30096