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Scientology Volunteer Ministers

What are the Scientology Volunteer Ministers?

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) are the help force of the Church of Scientology, founded by Scientology-founder L. Ron Hubbard in the 1970s:

"A Volunteer Minister is a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others." — L. Ron Hubbard   

VMs are trained in disaster response techniques but also in general administration and to give help to others in all situations in life. They VMs exist since the 1970s but after a "Wake Up Call" triggered off by the 9/11 terror acts they now number more than 203,000 all over the world. VMs are regularly despatched to disaster zones to give help, hundreds of thousands of man hours since 2001. They proudly call themselves the biggest disaster relief force on earth and I believe they are. Every VM is a volunteer who quits his or her job for several days, weeks or even months to help others in need.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers live by the motto: Something Can Be Done About It."

More information about the Volunteer Ministers are on their website. I recommend to check the news section to get an idea in which areas they work and how: http://blog.volunteerministers.org

There are also plenty of videos about the VMs on Youtube and also on the Scientology.org Video Channel. At every minute of the day Scientology Volunteer Ministers are active in dozens of disaster areas, most recently (Jan/Feb 2010) in Haiti, Japan and Chile. Check their site for updates and more info.

Here is my favorite - though personal - story of a Volunteer Minister: