Scientology VMs in Ghana

August 21, 2008 at 7:29 pm (Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, Volunteer Ministers) (, , )

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers African Goodwill Tour held a series of seminars in Ashaiman, a city just outside Accra, in Ghana.

Nearly 500 teachers and students attended twelve workshops on the technology of study, developed by L. Ron Hubbard and contained in the Scientology Handbook. The Goodwill Tour delivered these seminars and workshops at various schools, Regent University, the Presbyterian Church in Tema, and the Mosque of Ashaiman.

A special graduation for these students featured speeches by a local member of parliament and a national MP for the region, both of whom thanked the Scientology Volunteer Ministers and recognized the importance of the seminars they provided. Both MPs commented on how much this technology can help the community accomplish its goals, and invited the Scientology Volunteer Ministers to continue their work.

The Volunteer Ministers have trained a corps of local residents, who will carry on their work after the Goodwill Tour moves on.

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Scientology Australia: Supporting the local police in Drug-Education Activities

August 21, 2008 at 2:36 am (anti-drug, Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology) (, , )

Members of the Church of Scientology of Sydney came out in force at Hunter’s Hill’s Moocooboola Festival last Sunday to support Missing Persons Week—a public information campaign of the Australia Federal Police (AFP) to counter this social problem that tears families apart and often ends in tragedy. Out of an estimated 35,000 people who are reported missing each year in Australia, approximately 20,000 are under the age of 18.

The Drug-Free Ambassadors Sydney chapter handed out copies of drug education booklets about the 10 most commonly abused drugs, and signed up over 200 people to be Drug-Free Ambassadors at the Moocooboola Festival.

The Drug-Free Ambassadors Sydney chapter handed out copies of drug education booklets about the 10 most commonly abused drugs, and signed up over 200 people to be Drug-Free Ambassadors at the Moocooboola Festival.

“There are various issues associated with young people going missing,” states the AFP web site, which goes on to explain that drug and alcohol abuse is one of the main contributing factors.

Scientologists, who support this campaign, took heed of this year’s AFP motto: “When communication goes missing, so does our youth. Don’t close the door to communication.”

“This motto really tells it like it is,” said Cyrus Brooks, youth coordinator of the Drug-Free Ambassadors of Australia, a secular, non-profit organization that reaches kids with the truth about drugs before they experiment or start to abuse. “And this motto is certainly true when it comes to drug abuse. Talking to your kids and giving them the truth about drugs reduces the likelihood that they will become users.”

The Drug-Free Ambassadors Sydney chapter handed out copies of drug education booklets about the 10 most commonly abused drugs, and signed up over 200 people to be Drug-Free Ambassadors at the Moocooboola Festival.

The Drug-Free Ambassadors Sydney chapter handed out copies of drug education booklets about the 10 most commonly abused drugs, and signed up over 200 people to be Drug-Free Ambassadors at the Moocooboola Festival.

Like their sister group, the Drug-Free Marshals in the United States, the Drug-Free Ambassadors was founded in 1993 and has been active in drug education for the past 15 years.

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Scientologists all over the world active in helping others

August 9, 2008 at 1:01 am (Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, Volunteer Ministers) (, , )

Just another example what Scientologists spend their time with. Traveling around disaster zones or confronting and helping suffering people may be not for you but you will be happy to have a Volunteer Minister trained person around if you are in need or facing a disaster.

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On the one-year anniversary of their arrival in the Philippines, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Asia Goodwill Tour can look back on many rewarding experiences, working with individuals and community leaders and providing disaster relief training to police, firefighters and other official disaster response agencies and organizations.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers demonstrate how to perform a Scientology Assist to officers at a workshop at the Mandaue Police Station.

A classic example of their work was a seminar held in May for some 40 police officers at Camp Sergio Osmena, in Cebu. It began with a workshop to polish up communication skills and was followed with training in Scientology assists* — techniques first responders find invaluable for helping orient people to their environment and overcome the immediate trauma of a disaster. They also gave them a seminar titled, “How to Resolve Conflicts,” based on a chapter of the Scientology Handbook.

“I think the Volunteer Minister Program is very useful in the community. It really helps a person overcome difficulties,” said one police officer. “The Volunteer Ministers are so helpful,” said another, who commented specifically on their “dedication to reach out to people.”

Scientology Volunteer Ministers with trainees at the Cebu Regional and City Fire Station.

“This program is very useful and will help those who are in need. It brings answers to difficulties,” said another officer, who particularly appreciated how “friendly, kind and generous” the volunteers are.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers also provided training to members of the Philippines National Police and Air Force, the Philippines Dangerous Drugs Board and staff at the Quezon City Public Safety Office.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers stepped in with direct assistance in Philippines disasters this year, including helping survivors and the families of those who died when a ferry carrying 800 sank off the coast of Manila in a typhoon in June.

Fire fighters from Cebu at a Scientology Volunteer Ministers seminar.

The Goodwill Tour held workshops and seminars for heath care workers, hospital staff and Red Cross representatives, and provided training to classes at the School of Labor and Industrial Relations, the University of the Philippines Diliman and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Their training isn’t limited to disaster relief. They provide courses and seminars on topics that help in every aspect of life, from the raising of children and strengthening relationships to helping people cope with difficulties at work, set targets and goals and overcome the effects of drugs. These courses are offered free of charge to anyone who requests them or visits the Scientology Volunteer Ministers tent.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour with police officers at Camp Sergio Osmena in Cebu.

“I think the Volunteer Minister Program is a great help to people especially in having knowledge on the realities of life,” said a criminologist who attended one of their workshops. “I’ve learned things which I didn’t know before. Thanks and continue the good work.”

The motto of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers is “Something CAN be done about it.” The Goodwill Tour provides training that gives people the tools to make this statement a reality.

* Scientology assists are techniques developed by Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, that orient people to their present environment and help them deal with the spiritual and emotional aspects of injuries, illness and trauma.

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