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Public service motivates Scientology Volunteer Ministers

8 July 2008 · Category: VM

Last week marked the 6th anniversary of United Nations Public Service Day, established to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community. UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro encouraged "determination and imagination in searching for new approaches to improve the performance of the public sector," in his speech at this event. Scientologists used the opportunity to call on volunteers to match this effort and work in partnership with the public sector to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers have become indispensable in times of disaster.

Just 9 months before the UN created this special day, the events of September 11th had a profound effect on people the world over. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center, described the impact this tragedy had on Scientologists in these terms: "When the curtain came down, exposing the fragile state of the world, Scientologists everywhere heard their 'wake-up call.'"

The response has been dramatic, with more than a hundred thousand joining the ranks of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers to do something effective about the conditions in society that foster violence and terrorism.

The Volunteer Ministers (VM) program was launched more than 30 years ago, in response to an appeal by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Noting a tremendous downturn in the level of ethics and morality in society, and a consequent increase in drugs and crime, Mr. Hubbard wrote, "If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a Volunteer Minister and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance."

Scientology Volunteer Ministers work with public servants to help them improve their service to the community. They deliver seminars to police and firemen and provide disaster relief training through Goodwill tours and local Scientology churches.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers provide services to their own communities

Whether manning tents in their own communities or in villages 10 thousand miles from home, Scientology Volunteer Ministers have the same motto: "Something CAN be done about it."

They have become indispensable in times of disaster. Traveling halfway around the world to help people who have lost everything in an earthquake, tsunami, hurricane or flood. These volunteers, who lived through the aftermath of these disasters, remember their experiences in these terms:

"We [were] helping hundreds of people daily with what L. Ron Hubbard developed and seeing the results instantly, how fantastic is that?" wrote one volunteer.

"When you started to help that person, he would start crying, see how hopeless his life was and then, thanks to the simplicity of the technology, he would get better and better to a point where he smiled, realized his losses were part of yesterday and that life can and must continue from this point forward," said another VM.

Whether manning tents in their own communities or in villages 10 thousand miles from home, Scientology Volunteer Ministers have the same motto: 'Something CAN be done about it.'

"Every day when we would arrive at the shelters, more and more people would come up to us and hug us and make us feel welcome," said a volunteer who traveled to South East Asia after the tsunami in 2005. "These people made me feel like I was a lifesaver. I was so happy to help them."

Scientology Volunteer Ministers conduct seminars and workshops that provide skills people need to help others or to turn their own lives around.

"This course should be recommended to everybody to do in order to be able to identify his purpose in life and see beyond himself and affect all other things in life," wrote one person who attended a seminar at a Volunteer Ministers tent.

"This course has helped me so much as a pastor," wrote another. "It has also opened my mind and my view on the world has changed. Really, knowledge is power."

L. Ron Hubbard wrote, 'If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a Volunteer Minister and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance.'

"It is great to learn how to assist people who are in pain and in a coma, or to make drunken people sober," wrote a man who was learning how to give Scientology Assists, techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard, that address the spiritual component in trauma and illness. "This course of Assists has given me the opportunity to feel like the person I am today. I have never felt so relieved."

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is available to people of all denominations. Using the Scientology Handbook as its textbook, the VM web site offers free online training and arranges seminars for groups and organizations through local Scientology churches and missions.

For more information, visit the Scientology Volunteer Ministers web site or email the Volunteer Ministers Consultant at vm@volunteerministers.org.