Scientology Volunteer Ministers: SOMETHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT
In his article, “Religious Influence in Society,” LRH defined the role of a Volunteer Minister: “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.
“How does a Volunteer Minister accomplish these miracles? Basically, he uses the technology of Scientology to change conditions for the better — for himself, his family, his groups, friends, associates and for Mankind.”
The training of a Volunteer Minister enables him to operate effectively and to help people in the face of disaster. Thus, as an emergency relief force, the Volunteer Ministers bear a reputation second to none. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, one United States Senator articulated the experience of thousands when he wrote: “What I saw the Volunteer Ministers accomplish was tremendous. The shelters were well-organized, upbeat, no discipline problems, people were cared for physically, mentally and spiritually.”
Because the program is our most embracive, the IAS sponsors a wide range of Volunteer Minister activities: local Cavalcades provide one-on-one help in their cities and towns; continental Cavalcades tour major civic centers, training police and social services personnel as they go. International Goodwill Tours deliver Scientology Volunteer Ministers into new pioneer areas, bringing LRH technology to the four corners of the globe, all funded by IAS grants.
Spanning more than 110 nations, the Volunteer Ministers comprise a virtual army tens of thousands strong — the largest independent relief force on Earth.