Meet a Scientologist
In the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Volunteer Ministers from six continents traveled to Japan to help in the shelters and villages. Scientologist Koji Minami coordinated their actions. He is featured in honor of Scientology Volunteer Ministers week August 20-27, 2011.
The 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan March 11, 2011, killed more than 15,000, displaced 300,000, injured nearly 6,000, and caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, creating so much impact it shifted the Earth on its axis by nearly 4 inches.
Australian Scientologist Peter Dunn has served as a Scientology Volunteer Minister in Haiti, Queensland, and Japan.
At 4 a.m. on March 11, 2011, the shock wave from the magnitude 9 earthquake that triggered a 30-foot tsunami off the northeast coast of Japan reached Australia—not as a physical blast but rather as a summons for Scientologist Peter Dunn to return to Japan and help in her time of need.
Agneta Ståhl measures her success by how well those around her are doing—particularly her family. Her video is one of more that 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos on www.Scientology.org.
Being the best possible mother was always top priority for Agneta Ståhl.
Writer Sabrina Ochoa is well on her way to accomplishing her career and personal goals. Her video is one of more than 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos at www.scientology.org.
What makes Sabrina Ochoa so successful? Confidence, security and certainty.
In her “Meet a Scientologist” video on www.scientology.org, Scientologist Sabrina Ochoa says these are the words that define the difference in her life before and since studying Scientology.
Danish photographer Thorsten Overgaard has made an art form of doing exactly what he wants, wherever in the world he wants to do it.
Imagine traveling the world, photographing celebrities, royalty, and rock stars, for magazines, Getty Images and Associated Press. That’s “work” for Danish photographer Thorsten Overgaard who has made an art form out of doing exactly what he wants to do.
While traveling, he holds seminars for amateur photographers anywhere his services are requested.
Tanzania has announced its commitment to eliminating the spread of blood-borne disease from syringe reuse, thanks to the work of Safepoint Trust founder and Scientologist Marc Koska.
In June 2011, Dr. Lucy Nkya, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania, announced her country’s commitment to make un-safe injections a thing of the past.
Scientology helped school principal Sunny Yu of Taichung, Taiwan, find new pleasure and satisfaction in her work.
In her “Meet a Scientologist” video on www.scientology.org, school principal Sunny Yu of Taichung, Taiwan, is clearly in her element—relaxed, happy and in excellent rapport with teachers and pupils. But she viewed life very differently not so long ago.
Tommy Hung couldn’t shake the despair he felt from a romance that ended badly. Then Dianetics helped him understand why and freed him from the emotional burden.
At 23, Tommy (Min-Chao) Hung of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, knew he should be happy—after all, he had a great career and future ahead of him. But the truth was he was miserable and he saw no way out.
Nonagenarian Bernard Duffy can look back on more than five decades as a Scientologist.
In 1956 Bernard Duffy attended a lecture that changed his life.
At the end of World War II, Duffy, who had been in telecommunications in the Royal Navy, got a job in London with the phone company. From there he found a position in a private firm with offices and job openings in Ireland.
This was an opportunity he had been hoping for. The son of Irish parents who had moved to England in their youth, to Duffy a move to Ireland was a homecoming.
Many people have their own story about 9/11—what it meant to them. Lisa Lindman thought life as she knew it was over. In a way, she was right.
For graphic designer and Scientologist Lisa Lindman, 9/11 2001 marked the end of an era—and the beginning of a new life.
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA •
As you read this page, untold millions on five continents are attempting to scratch out a subsistence living, many unsuccessfully, deprived of their basic human rights.
A trip to Africa in 2005 changed Tim Bowles’ life.
“When I arrived in Ghana, it was like coming home,” he says. “I knew I had to do something to help.”
In her “Meet a Scientologist” video on Scientology.org, Serena Zoccatelli and her family are happy, relaxed and at ease. Life wasn’t always that way.
Serena Zoccatelli used to find her name ironic—she was anything but serene.
“Confusion, doubts, uncertainty.” That was how Zoccatelli characterized her life—the way it used to be.
But that was before her husband Andrea introduced her to Scientology in 1999.
NEW YORK •
On Sunday July 24, 2011 baseball fans at the Twins game left Target Field with a work of art—a poster by artist and Scientologist Robert Blehert.
When commissioned to create a poster in honor of former Minnesota Twins’ pitcher Bert Blyleven, Seattle-based artist Robert Blehert was ecstatic. A dedicated sports fan, Blehert was on hand at Target Field July 24, 2011, to autograph copies of the poster that was presented to fans in honor of Blyleven’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
NEW YORK •
Entertainment publicity is no ordinary profession, but then entertainment publicist and Scientologist Cheryl Duncan is no ordinary person. Her video is one of 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos available on the Scientology website at www.scientology.org.
Sometimes, a sense of humor is all that keeps you sane.
Just returned to Utah after five weeks in Alabama on the Churches of Scientology Disaster Response following the April tornados, Scientologist Joava Good is a 35-year veteran Scientology Volunteer Minister who has helped put the program on the disaster response map.
Pratt City, Alabama, was like a war zone.
UNITED KINGDOM •
Scientologist Sam Butler: his voice and vision.
As a child, Sam Butler was known as the boy who was always asking "Why?"
That hasn’t changed.
Through Scientology, he gained answers he sought about life and the spirit. But this also opened an entirely new zone to his questioning: Why, with all the technology we can leverage today to resolve material needs, do so many resort to drugs to “solve” their problems, and are millions still deprived of basic human rights?
Cicily Baardseth prevailed time and again against the odds, but it was not until she found Scientology that she finally made sense of it all. Her profile is one of 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos available on the Scientology website at www.scientology.org.
Cicily Baardseth is a survivor.
Dr. Chih-Yuan (Oliver) Hsueh found in Scientology the perfect complement to his medical training: a way to address the spiritual aspects of life to truly help others.
Chih-Yuan (Oliver) Hsueh became a medical doctor so he could save lives. But to do so, he had to overcome a considerable challenge.
“I had to study very hard—only one in 10,000 applicants is accepted each year in Taiwan medical colleges,” he says.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
Sculptor Jule Rotenberg had been looking forward to being a mother for a long time when the Los Angeles-based artist and her husband actor Jack Armstrong decided to adopt.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON STATE •
The meaning of the word “devastation” was brought home once again to Al Adriance. Although a disaster relief veteran who provided help after the 2007 Greensburg, Kansas, tornado, Adriance was stunned by the destruction he saw in Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011.
Al Adriance will long remember Memorial Day Weekend 2011, not for the celebrations and parties, but for what he confronted in Joplin, Missouri, after the May 23 tornado.