The Volunteer Minister fulfills the very definition of religion by extending the gift of Scientology itself and bringing indiscriminate help. As one of the largest independent relief forces on Earth, the reach of VMs has no boundaries. No matter where, when or what… that bright flash of yellow means hope.
THE IAS-SPONSORED VOLUNTEER Minister Crusade works to extend the gift of Scientology itself. Volunteer Ministers are providing succor to what amounts to the face of humanity, both geographically and demographically:
First, with our now-famed VM Emergency Response arm, launching on a moment’s notice to bring our brand of spiritual succor.
Second, radiating out like spokes of a wheel, our Org and Cont Cavalcades provide the everyday tools for living from the Scientology Handbook. Meanwhile, and still farther afield, Goodwill Tours extend the LRH technical lifeline to areas well beyond our orgs on five continents.
To reach those areas “off the grid” altogether, our Extreme Pioneer Tours bring tech to the heart of the world in Amazonia, across the belly of Africa and into the Australian Outback.
While to meet needs everywhere else we present our VM Hotline and online training through our Virtual Cavalcade.
In that way, across every conceivable landscape, we bring our message to the world that “Something Can Be Done About It” through our Global Goodwill Alliance.
It has been said that you can follow the trail of our now-renowned VM Emergency Response arm by tracking storm patterns and Richter scales, and this year certainly bears it out.
Beyond every far-flung town and village, the VM Hotline is where those in urgent need go to request on-site seminars, which are sponsored by the IAS. One of the first this year was in Kiberia, outside of Nairobi, Kenya, where parents, teachers and 80 children took the VM Communication Course, and learned to deliver assists. Also in Kenya, a Boy Scout troop leader came across volunteer-ministers.org and requested everything—seminars, materials, even T-shirts. A team of veteran VMs trained them on-site, whereupon, Kenya’s Boy Scouts turned into “VM Scouts,” igniting a movement that has thus far embraced more than 10,000. Other IAS-sponsored traveling VM teams went to eastern Uganda to provide assists on behalf of tribal leaders, to Tanzania on the southern shores of Lake Victoria for Study Tech in a grammar school, and to Sierra Leone to conduct Basics of Organizing courses on behalf of Christian missionaries. Other teams went to Bangladesh to deliver Study Tech to more than 400 children and to Cambodia for a Bible Study Group that wanted PTS/SP Tech.1
All of which makes for a Volunteer Minister life support system, including partnerships with police departments from across the world of law enforcement; the same again for search and rescue, civil defense and emergency response units across the whole disaster management community; and still more again to military units of every branch of service that support disaster response. In sum, it is 200-plus agencies with whom we’ve built a network of goodwill.2, 3