Tuesday, April 11, 2006

The Sears Sisters - Scientology Volunteer Ministers

This was a very cool story I saw on the Scientology Volunteer Minister website. Thought it was worth sharing.

"Sisters Alissa and Sarah Sears from Santa Barbara, California, are active Scientology Volunteer Ministers.
Within days of the devastating tsunami of December 2004 that left over 35,000 dead and 1,000,000 Sri Lankans homeless, the Sears arrived in the country to coordinate the work of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Disaster Relief team.

"For five months they worked with local and international Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, police, teachers, and business, religious and community leaders in Sri Lanka providing for the basic needs of the people in the region and bringing them the technology of L. Ron Hubbard to help them overcome the trauma and rebuild their lives.

"On leaving Sri Lanka, Sarah Sears joined the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South American Goodwill Tour in Brazil. She describes her experiences here.

Sarah’s Story:

"It was the realization of the impact we made to the lives of others while in Sri Lanka that inspired me to travel to Brazil where I worked with the Volunteer Minister Goodwill Tour for five months.
We met with community leaders and found that what concerns them most is the soaring rates of criminality and drug abuse, even amongst the children living on the streets. I was struck by how much these people care. They immediately saw the potential of L. Ron Hubbard’s technology to salvage the lives of the people within the region.

"As part of the Volunteer Ministers team in Brazil I helped train military police, civil defense personnel, teachers, directors of elderly homes and homeless shelters, and numerous others on basic communication skills, Scientology assists1, and L. Ron Hubbard study technology.

"These leaders are now using what they learned and it is a joy to me to see the positive effects this is having on peoples’ lives.

"L. Ron Hubbard said that '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 a new personal strength as well.'

"Through my experiences, both in Sri Lanka and in Brazil, I saw that the Volunteer Ministers motto is really true no matter how big or small the calamity, 'Something CAN be done about it.'"

Other tools used by the Volunteer Ministers can be seen on other sites like www.scientologyreligion.org.

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