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How a Scientology Volunteer Minister Reached Out to a Friend With an Offer of Help and the Difference it Made


A story of compassion and help: A message of thanks.

In September 2023, Julia, a Scientology Volunteer Minister from Athens, reached out offering help to her friend Mariza in Volos, Greece. The city, some 200 miles away, was all but destroyed by Storm Daniel. 

One of the homes in the city of Volos that the Scientology Volunteer Ministers dug out from the ravages of Story Daniel and the floods it caused.
One of the homes in the city of Volos, Greece, that the Scientology Volunteer Ministers salvaged from the destruction of Storm Daniel
 

Julia assembled a team and traveled some 200 miles to the coastal port city. They arrived with tools and supplies and helped residents and businesses recover from a disaster that some described as “Biblical” because of its unparalleled damage. 

Joined by a team of Hungarian Scientologists, the Volunteer Ministers coordinated with civil protection and the fire department and began the grueling task of removing the mud and restoring order. More and more families and local volunteers joined in the project until every home in the area was mud-free and clean and they were ready to start planning needed renovation and restoration.

The Volunteer Minister’s friend posted her heartfelt thanks and a video on her Facebook.

“Daniel hit all of Thessaly including my city Volos. There was devastation everywhere,” she wrote. “And then, in the darkest of days, my friend Julia said she and her team wanted to come to help Volos in any way possible.”

Mariza described how the volunteers took on the grueling work of cleaning up homes that were buried in mud and debris.

“They offered solidarity, support, cooperation and participation,” she said, “words that make sense when they are put into action. 

Mariza wrote of meeting
Julia and her family 24 years ago, “and 24 years later, they proved to me how lucky I was to have met them and that they count me among their friends. I feel blessed.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers are trained in technology developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, providing them with the skills they need to help “on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.” The motto of the Volunteer Minister is that no matter the circumstances “Something can be done about it.” Mr. Hubbard described the Volunteer Minister as one who “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 new personal strength as well.”

For more information on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, visit the nearest Church of Scientology or watch Operation: Do Something About It on the Scientology Network, airing on DIRECTV Channel 320, DIRECTV STREAM, AT&T U-verse and streaming at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms. Since launching with an introduction by Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige in March 2018, the Scientology Network has been viewed in 240 countries and territories in 17 languages. 



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