According to the Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report, there were 296 separate natural disaster events in 2013 causing economic losses of $192 billion. In one recent year, major disasters affected the lives of some 208 million people internationally. Disaster relief organizations are hard pressed to provide even a fraction of the needed relief and care. The international Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Team works to fill this gap.

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour.  And featured in the new brochure released in January 2014, Scientology How We Help: Scientology Volunteer Ministers—Something Can be Done About It, throughout this decade the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Africa Goodwill Tour has been reaching out to individuals and civic, community and religious leaders in remote towns and villages with practical solutions to help improve conditions in life.

The Volunteer Minister program uses technology developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard to provide tools anyone can use to improve the quality of life for his family, friends and community.   This consists of 19 different life skills courses that cover such vital subjects as resolving conflicts, salvaging relationships, restoring honesty and integrity, overcoming drug addiction, and achieving one’s goals.  One course provides training in Scientology assists, Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries for the mental and spiritual aspects of a person’s physical difficulties.

Yet another covers Study Technology, which provides an understanding of the basics of learning and supplies exact ways to overcome the pitfalls one can encounter during study.A recent Africa Goodwill Tour graduate had this to say about his studies:

I was truly fascinated by the subject of the Technology of Study Course.  It answered a lot of questions I previously had.

I am a product of the Apartheid Bantu Education which actually did the direct opposite of what Scientology is teaching.  I used to be very frustrated with the Bantu Education System and had to drop out before completing “matric” [matriculation: graduation from high school with minimum university entrance requirements].  This training came as a godsend to me, as I have a grandson who is struggling to study.  I had a brief session with him on this technology of study and his face just lighted up.

The Volunteer Ministers program was expressly intended for use by Scientologists and non-Scientologists alike.  Anyone of any culture or creed may train as a Volunteer Minister and use these tools to help their families and communities.  And all are welcome to do so.Equipped with effective technology to resolve virtually any difficulty, Volunteer Ministers live by the motto: “No matter the problem, something can be done about it.”

The Church of Scientology has published a new brochure, Scientology How We Help: Scientology Volunteer Ministers—Something Can be Done About It, to meet requests for more information about the program.  To learn more or read a copy of the brochure, visit the Scientology website.

In creating the Volunteer Ministers program, L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a Volunteer Minister and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance.”