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Turning Disaster into Hope, The 9/11 Catalyst for Scientology’s Global Humanitarian Reach

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, September 14, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ — The cataclysmic aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attack was a pivotal moment for Volunteer Ministers, underscoring that regardless of the severity of the situation, “Something can be done about it.”

As we commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, Scientology Volunteer Ministers reflect on this day as a watershed moment for their movement. This tragic event spurred the mobilization of individuals who are now serving at every major disaster worldwide. Currently, Volunteer Ministers are making a difference on the ground, aiding victims of the earthquake in Morocco and those uprooted by the severe floods in Greece and Italy. The selfless aid provided by thousands of Volunteer Ministers every day is driven by the example set by the volunteers who served at the World Trade Center.

Over 800 Scientology Volunteer Ministers were on the scene at the World Trade Center following the terrorist strikes.

The New York Times reported, “More than 100 Volunteer Ministers from the Church of Scientology are present at any given time 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, attempt to refocus the workers’ minds and reenergize their bodies.”

A New York Police Chief expressed his gratitude, 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 one rescue team noted, “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 the wake of the attack, more than 800 Scientology Volunteer Ministers were deployed. They arrived from all corners of the country and abroad, providing support to emergency workers. Their involvement spanned the entire eight-month rescue and recovery operation.

Following the terror attacks, Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr David Miscavige issued The Wake-Up Call, a directive disseminated to Scientologists globally. As its title suggests, it urged Scientologists to take this event to heart.

A direct consequence was the swift expansion of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers movement, primed to respond to disasters, regardless of their scale. 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 beacon of help.

Initiated by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1973 and supported by the Church of Scientology International, the Scientology Volunteer Minister program now has 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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