China Update – Volunteer Activity


The conditions in China’s Sichuan province are rough, as the search continues for survivors in the rubble left after China’s most devastating earthquake in more than 3 decades – an earthquake that killed an estimated 50,000 people and left close to 5 million homeless.

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Now almost a week after the quake, rescue workers are still working around the clock, their hopes of finding survivors growing more bleak. One hundred thirty thousand military and aid workers have been sent to the Sichuan Province to assist on the relief efforts – yet some of the smaller villages and towns have yet to see any of this aid.

There are millions in need of the real help that LRH tech can bring; to help them move on and rebuild their lives.

Our first Scientology Volunteers have arrived in China. While they have hit the ground running delivering assist workshops to hospital workers in a city hit by the quake – many more VMs are needed to truly bring help to the millions of this region.

“The idea of Volunteer Ministers was actually borrowed from the basic pattern of the “barefoot doctor of China” who would administer help to alleviate the tortured troubles of man.” – LRH

If ever this nation was tortured by the pain of suffering and loss, it is now.

Your help is needed – more volunteers are needed to answer the call.

If you are unable to go to China yourself, we need your financial contribution to support others who are preparing to leave right now.

Please contact the Disaster Response Director at the International Volunteer Minister Office. To make your donation click here, or call 1800-435-7498 (within the U.S.) or 1-323-960-949 (outside the U.S).

Thank you for your support.


Help Needed – Situation in China

image On Monday, China suffered its worst earthquake in three decades with a 7.9 quake which literally toppled buildings leaving thousands trapped under houses, schools, factories and office buildings or dead. The earthquake was centered in Sichuan Province in southwest China but was felt across the vast country.

There are at least 12,000 known casualties, but some of the worst-hit areas have yet to be contacted. The death toll will likely reach tens of thousands of people, with thousands more injured or homeless. There is a risk of landslides and this, coupled with the fact that a chemical storage plant was damaged and is now leaking dangerous chemicals, makes it all the more urgent for Volunteer Ministers to step forward now to help those who desperately need it and to prevent further damage.

Volunteer Ministers from all over the world must be gotten to the scene NOW, to bring help to those in the worst-affected areas. Not one minute can be wasted – one minute can mean someone’s life. These people are in desperate need. Trained Volunteer Ministers need to answer the call.

We need VMs on flights to the International airport in Chengdu within the next few hours. Contact the Volunteer Ministers International Office.  If you are unable to go yourself, your help is needed to sponsor another Volunteer Minister who can go.

This is u-r-g-e-n-t and we must act now. Please pass this message on to your friends.

Please send this to everyone you know!

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Myanmar – All Volunteer Ministers Call to Action


image On Sunday, Cyclone Nargis hit the nation of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma, a country between India and China) and killed in excess of 25,000 people so far. The original report from the military government of Myanmar was a death toll in the hundreds, but there was a belated admission that the cyclone had killed at least 30 times this figure – with 10,000 perished in just one city. The devastation of the area has left several hundred thousand people without shelter and clean water.


image The people of this area need our help urgently. A whole team of Volunteer Ministers need to go to Myanmar to start bringing order and delivering the miracles of Volunteer Minister technology.

We cannot just stand back and watch. The situation requires decisive action NOW. We need responsible Volunteer Ministers to bring hope to these people.


See below for a map of Myanmar, as visual reference:

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“A volunteer minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”  — LRH


At least 250 people are needed in Myanmar on an immediate basis.  Please contact the Disaster Response Officer at the International VM Office at 1-323-960-1949 or via e-mail or Sei Broadhurst or Donovan Reed at the Continental VM Office in Australia on 011-612-9264-7955.   

If you are not already trained as a Volunteer Minister, we will train you on the ground, or you can learn how to help on one of our on-line training courses, available for no charge on the Volunteer Ministers website.

Any Scientology Field Staff Member should absolutely get anyone he knows who would like to help but doesn’t have the tools to know how, to our on-line VM training center so that he or she can get the tools to be effective and be able to assist.

If you cannot go but still want to help, you can make a donation to directly fund these disaster relief activities and contribute in that way in ensuring others can go.


Scientology Volunteer Ministers in India

I was just blog-surfing a friend’s blog (Scientologist John Wood from England) and came across this set of adorable shots from the blog “Rescue of India after Tsunami“.   This is only a few of them, but are shots of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers in India helping to clean up after the tsunami, but then get the people back on their feet, the children taken care of and into school, etc.  I felt it pretty touching.



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Scotsman Scientology Volunteer Ministers on the Ground Helping after UK Train Derailment

Scientology Volunteer Ministers from Glasgow and the Church of Scientology in Edinburgh, Scotland have been on the ground helping organize relief efforts after the train derailment in Cumbria, UK. 

The Glasgow-bound Pendolino tilting train derailed last Friday at 95
mph in a remote country area, scattering carriages down a steep

“Investigation of the lock and stretcher bars in the
facing points at Lambrigg crossover showed that one of three stretcher
bars was missing, and bolts that secured the lock bar and another
stretcher bar were not in place,” the report said.

Stretcher bars are bolted across the moving rails, keeping them a fixed distance apart from each other.

Network Rail Chief Executive John Armitt said the company was
“devastated” and accepted full responsibility: “We now need to
understand how the points came to be in this condition — and we will
leave no stone unturned in our search for the facts behind this

It was said there was no evidence that the bolts had been “wrenched
free” and indications were that the points were the immediate cause of
the derailment.

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson said he took “his hat off” to Network
Rail for being dignified in accepting responsibility for the accident.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers from neighbouring churches all over northern UK are being activated to come and assist with the effort, to help organize food and provide emergency services. 


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Scientology Volunteer Ministers Teach Course on Communication

Gentlemen, I’d like you to meet your captain, Captain Oveur.

Clarence Oveur:
Gentlemen, welcome aboard.

Captain, your navigator, Mr. Unger, and your first officer, Mr. Dunn.

Clarence Oveur:



Clarence Oveur:
Dunn. Gentlemen, let’s get to work.

Unger, didn’t you serve under Oveur in the Air Force?

Not directly. Technically, Dunn was under Oveur and I was under Dunn.


So, Dunn, you were under Oveur and over Unger.


Clarence Oveur:
That’s right. Dunn was over Unger and I was over Dunn.

So, you see, both Dunn and I were under Oveur, even though I was under Dunn.

Clarence Oveur:
Dunn was over Unger, and I was over Dunn.


Ever have trouble being duplicated?

Scientology is
all about being able to communicate.  A lot of people every day think
they’re communicating, but they’re really just talking, moving their
lips around, not really saying anything that people understand.

Honestly, the single most important thing in any job is the ability to
communicate an interact with others.  If one can’t communicate, he’s
pretty dead — no matter what technical knowledge he might have about
his job.  I’ve been to a trillion different job training classes,
seminars, read a ton of books, etc — but the single most important
skill I’d say I have in my job is the ability to communicate.  And that’s something I learned at a Scientology church (in Portland, Oregon, actually — right down the street from where I worked at WebTrends.)

I would heavily recommend that anyone, regardless of your religion, study up on L. Ron Hubbard‘s technology of communication — something taught by any Scientology Volunteer minister training centre or Goodwill Tour.  You can do this on the Scientology Handbook website, or you can just order the full book at the Scientology Volunteer Minister site.


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Dianetics at Calcutta Book Fair

Here’s an outstanding photo I just came across on Thorsten Overgaard’s After the Tsunami site, detailing the work of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers after the Indian Ocean Tsunami in December 2004.

Mr. Jagdish Singh from Kolkata reading Dianetics by L. Ron Hubbard at the Kolkata Book Fair.

Mr. Overgaard is an outstanding photographer, IMHO.  His site has a ton of other good works of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of the area.

As he posted on his site,

“They appreciated our help – many people we met on the streets stopped
us to thank us for being there and for our efforts – but they resent
western, often materialistic, people coming to their country and try to
run things, tell them to change their religion, eat pills to be happier
about the tsunami, paint their houses in some trendy colors and what
have you. What they wanted was help and support to help themselves come
back to the life they have been living for thousands of years in
harmony with nature and their soul.”

The Scientology religion doesn’t espouse any particular explanation
or description of God. Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhist or anybody
are welcome to use Scientology to become better Muslims, Jews or
whatever. The purpose for going to Sri Lanka was to help: Therefore the
word “minister” and the Scientology cross were omitted on the shirts
worn by the volunteers working in Sri Lanka to avoid any confusion as
to what their intentions were.

Numerous people and
organizations have helped and are still helping in Asia. In Sri Lanka
for example 2,500 US Marines cleared roads and rebuilt bridges for two
months. I saw UN cars in Colombo and Galle and US AID t-shirts on 100
locals who were cleaning up bricks in Galle.

one also occasionally sees a full blown, Madison Avenue advertising
film crew replete with klieg lights, Panavision movie camaras,
directors chairs, assistants, and French chefs working the catering
wagon while dozens of people are standing around wearing sunglasses —
right next door to acres of tents packed with tsunami survivors. Let’s
hope the commercial being filmed raises lots of aid money.

Help come in many forms.

of my reasons for going was, as I said, to help in any way I could. But
I also wanted to learn for myself what was really going on. On one hand
the Red Cross announced that they didn’t need more people in the
affected areas. Yet the Scientology Volunteers on the ground reported
that they could use all the help that could get there. Contrary
information that just didn’t add up. I wanted to find out what was
going on for myself and I wanted to let others know. I wanted to
document and report things as they were – especially the good things,
because the bad things had been reported so extensively, we all felt we
could be hit by a tsunami any moment.


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