An 8.0 earthquake 120 miles off the coast of Samoa jolted people awake at 6:48 September 30, followed ten minutes later by the first of four 15- to 20-foot-high waves that pounded the shore and surged inland, destroying everything in their path.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers help in Samoa
Alerted to the disaster, Scientologists from Sydney, Australia, flew to the island joining a team of Samoan Volunteer Ministers who trained with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South Pacific Goodwill Tour in 2008. They set to work helping local officials provide basic services for several thousand survivors in emergency shelters.

Using their bright yellow tent as a headquarters for their relief activities, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers went wherever needed throughout the island and provided Scientology Assists—simple procedures developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that help people recover from the emotional and spiritual effects of trauma, illness and injury.

“Our Scientology Assists could be called ‘spiritual first-aid,’ which people need in a disaster,” said Mathew Andrews, leader of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers South Pacific Goodwill Tour who is coordinating the Volunteer Ministers disaster relief in Samoa.  “People who are grieving, in pain or fixated on the tragedy become extroverted and bright and start planning again for the future.  We helped a man who was in pain, struggling to walk.  Today we saw him in town.  He was smiling and walking easily and came up to me to shake my hand.”

For more information or to join the relief effort in Samoa contact the Volunteer Ministers Consultant at  To learn more about the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program visit their web site at or the Scientology site.