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    Transforming Tragedy into Hope: The Global Impact of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Post-9/11

    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, September 14, 2023/ — The aftermath of the horrific 9/11 terrorist attack marked a turning point for Volunteer Ministers, reinforcing the belief that no matter how dire the circumstances, “Something can be done about it.”

    As the world remembers the anniversary of 9/11, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers reminisce about the day that transformed their movement. The devastating event triggered the activation of individuals who are now actively serving at every major disaster globally. At present, Volunteer Ministers are on the ground, providing relief to earthquake victims in Morocco and those affected by the severe floods in Greece and Italy. The altruistic aid provided by thousands of Volunteer Ministers daily is inspired by the example set by the volunteers who served at the World Trade Center.

    In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist strikes, over 800 Scientology Volunteer Ministers were present at the World Trade Center site.

    The New York Times highlighted the efforts of these volunteers, reporting, “At any given time, there are over 100 Volunteer Ministers from the Church of Scientology around the remnants of the World Trade Center. On the day of the attack, they brought food for the workers… When rescue workers emerge from the debris, the ministers, identifiable by their T-shirts, strive to refocus the workers’ minds and rejuvenate their bodies.”

    A New York Police Chief expressed his appreciation, stating, “The Volunteer Ministers displayed remarkable energy and compassion at Ground Zero, helping alleviate the physical burdens and mental pressures of the rescue workers. The organization, care, and commitment of your Volunteer Ministers were outstanding, greatly appreciated, and will be remembered by those who received their assistance.”

    The leader of a rescue team observed, “There are many highly stressed, fatigued, worn-out rescue personnel here, and your efforts to help them manage their issues, cope with their emotional distress, and find some peace and rest have been extremely productive and worthwhile.”

    In response to the attack, over 800 Scientology Volunteer Ministers were deployed from across the nation and overseas, providing support to emergency workers. Their involvement extended throughout the entire eight-month rescue and recovery operation.

    In the aftermath of the terror attacks, Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige issued The Wake-Up Call, a directive sent out to Scientologists worldwide. As the name implies, it encouraged Scientologists to take this event to heart.

    A direct outcome was the rapid expansion of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers movement, ready to respond to disasters of any magnitude. Whether they are assisting at the sites of natural and man-made disasters or addressing the needs of their neighbours and communities, the bright yellow T-shirt of the Volunteer Ministers has become a symbol of help.

    Launched by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1973 and supported by the Church of Scientology International, the Scientology Volunteer Minister program now boasts hundreds of thousands of individuals trained as Volunteer Ministers across 185 countries.

    Their creed: “A Volunteer Minister does not ignore the pain, evil, and injustice of existence. Instead, he is equipped to handle these issues and help others find relief from them and gain new personal strength.”

    Their motto, regardless of the situation, is “Something can be done about it.”

    Mr. Hubbard developed the Scientology Tools for Life for the training of the Volunteer Minister. These are available as free courses to anyone wishing to acquire these skills to assist themselves, their families, friends, and society. The Scientology Tools for Life training is available in 17 languages via the Scientology Website and the Volunteer Ministers website.



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