Monday, September 25, 2006

Volunteer Ministers in Java

Three full months after the earthquake in Yogyakarta, Java, the team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers is still there, helping the people of the area.

The Scientology News Site has this story on it:>>

Monday, September 11, 2006

In honor of the anniversary of 911, please permit me to pay tribute to all of the Volunteer Ministers and everyone else who gave of themselves in the weeks, months and years after 911.

We will never forget.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Take a Stand Against Crime in Fiji
L. Ron Hubbard discovered effective technology to rehabilitate criminals, which the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South Pacific Goodwill Tour is sharing with those responsible for handling crime in the nation of Fiji.

Yellow shirts mingled with blue ones on the first day of Crime Prevention Week, when the Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers South Pacific Goodwill Tour brought their anti-crime initiative to the police.

With recidivism rates averaging between 47 - 53% and a parliamentary paper conceding last year that despite the staff/prisoner ratio being 1 to 10 the prison population exceeds capacity, government and law enforcement officials alike know they need effective solutions to combat this problem.

Having a great concern, not only for the social ramifications of a prison population that goes back into society only to wreak further harm on their fellow, but also for the lives and future of the criminals themselves, L. Ron Hubbard posed the following question:

If one sincerely hopes to rehabilitate a criminal population then this is the factor one must consider: Where did they lose their self-respect?

Noting this as the key point that needs to be addressed, he discovered technology to rehabilitate this precious commodity, and had it included in a chapter of the Scientology Handbook, the textbook used to train Scientology Volunteer Ministers: the "Honesty and Integrity" chapter of the Scientology Handbook , which has also been published as a booklet by the same name.
And when they looked at the information in the booklet, it made so much sense to them that one of the divisional commanders decided to have all his officers do the course based on this information.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

As a top model in India, Sheena Chohan is a familiar face to the people of her home city of Calcutta. But now she is fast becoming known for something else.

Sheena has just completed her training as a Scientology Volunteer Minister and adopted the program to bring help to the people of Calcutta and for her country.

Sheena has started a Scientology Volunteer Minister group in Calcutta and is delivering lectures and seminars on subjects ranging from drug education and study skills to spiritual assists and she is giving one-on-one help for those who want to reach their goals in their professional and private lives. She will also be appearing on behalf of the Volunteer Minister program at the upcoming book fair in New Delhi where tens of thousands are expected to tour through the Scientology Volunteer Ministers tent.

Friday, September 01, 2006

In Boston, Volunteer Ministers established the Dorchester Scientology Ministry. This ministry has become an integral part of the neighborhood, working with law enforcement and other religious leaders to help people where ever and when ever needed. On May 23, the Boston police launched "gun buy back program" and we were asked to sponsor this program. The purpose is to get guns off the street to reduce crime. The police designated (apart from police stations) only 8 locations in the city for people to drop off their guns and one was the Dorchester VM Ministry.

This shows the degree to which the ministry has become part of the community and is working with law enforcement and religious leaders most of the non-police locations were churches to end the violence in
the area.