What Strikes My Fancy

Why they Volunteer

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A couple of years ago I met someone who is very special. She and her sister went to Sri Lanka when the tsunami hit on December 26th 2004.

They spent about five months, helping people recover from the devastation they experienced. It was grueling work: long hours, living under very rough conditions, and having to face so much human misery. But when she described it to me what she remembered was all the people she helped and how much the experience changed her life.

I think the world of her for having just dropped everything to go over to a place like that and volunteer for months. She had to give up her job and her apartment, didn’t know how anything about where she was going–just that people disparately needed help.

It’s a special kind of person who will do something like that. Don’t you think so?

She’s a Scientology Volunteer Minister (VM) and over the past 6 years or so VMs have been there for most of the major disasters of the world. The Scientology Press Office has a whole section on VM news and you can see the kinds of things VMs are doing.

It’s a very common part of Scientology to use what you learn to help other people.

You actually don’t have to be a Scientologist to be a VM. Anyone can take VM training, which consists of a study of the Scientology Handbook along with practical exercises in how to apply the techniques in the handbook.

The book is based on the works of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. And even if you can’t pick up and travel to the ends of the earth to help in times of disaster, everyone knows someone who needs some help, and as a VM you really learn how to help people.

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