Vancouver Volunteers Give Aid to Louisiana

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Members of the Church of Scientology of Vancouver, BC Volunteer Minister team have gone to Louisiana to help restore the hurricane destroyed area.

A small but dedicated corp. of Volunteer Ministers (VM’s) from the Church of Scientology in Vancouver reorganized their lives and went down to Louisiana to lend a hand to the storm devastated area. Tim Choy, PJ Johal and Ryan Smale answered the call for help joining hundreds of other VM’s from around the U.S. and Canada.

“It was shocking to see the devastation,” said Johal. “Many people have lost everything including family members and homes.” All of the team had to overcome the shock they were experiencing. “Walking down the streets of New Orleans was like being in a city after the bomb blast – there was no one around – all empty,” explained Johal. “It was very eerie.” Duties for the VM’s have included handing out food and water, locating family, playing with the children to keep them occupied and giving assists to not only the victims, but also emergency rescue workers to overcome the trauma and restore their lives.

“They are experts in handling misery and assisting the rescue workers and other relief teams to get the job done. They should be allowed on any and all lines within Louisiana to further assist in relieving the devastated survivors and to help rebuild southeast Louisiana.” This statement was made by the Sheriff’s department in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana about the International Scientology Response Team (VM’s).

The VM’s wearing bright, yellow t-shirts have answered the call for help at Ground Zero in New York, in hurricane torn Florida last year and in Asia following the tsunami. In addition to running the kitchens; handing out food and water to a line up of over a thousand people; getting Tetanus shots to rescue workers; linking people and rescuing pets; the main tool these VM’s have been using is the assist technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. The assists get one back into present time and ready to face life again. They put one back into communication with his surroundings and himself so he can get on with rebuilding.

The sad stories are many coming from this area. A VM found one woman who had collapsed, crying hungry and thirsty. This woman had lost her entire family in the flooding following the hurricane and had stayed in her home waiting for them. After 5 days of flooding, many insect bites, and rats she left and hitchhiked to Baton Rouge. She was given food, water and taken to the doctor. The VM did an assist on her and made sure she was stabilized in the hospital and then followed up with more assists. The VM then helped her locate her son and got her on TV so she could locate the rest of her children. The VM even got the woman’s cell phone activated. The woman then wanted to join the VM team so she could help others.

A motto in the Scientology Church is “Something can be done about it,” and they are certainly proving this through their help in Louisiana. If you wish to help please contact the Church of Scientology in Vancouver 604-681-9121 or go to the VM website:


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