Scientology Volunteer Ministers Help Ease Marathon Fatigue
Tokyo Scientologists helped runners at the finish line of the Ichikawa Marathon
Runners who competed in the October 2013 Ichikawa Marathon benefited from a simple technique that eased the physical stress of the 26-mile race. Scientology Volunteer Ministers from the Church of Scientology of Tokyo set up “recovery stations” at the finish line and helped runners with a special Scientology technique that speeds healing and recovery.
Developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology assists are a fundamental component of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program. The techniques are described in a brief video  that illustrates the application of assist technology and serves as an introduction to the online course, available through the Scientology website  and the Volunteer Ministers website , where anyone may learn these procedures.
Assists are part of the tools for life any Volunteer Minister learns. The training was once only available at Scientology Churches and Missions or through traveling Volunteer Minister cavalcades, but in 2010, all 19 courses comprising the technology of the Volunteer Ministers program were made available online through the Scientology website  and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers website .
The Volunteer Ministers program was expressly intended for use by Scientologists and non-Scientologists alike. Anyone of any culture or creed may train as a Volunteer Minister and use these tools to help their families and communities. And all are welcome to do so.
Equipped with effective technology to resolve virtually any difficulty, Volunteer Ministers live by the motto: “No matter the problem, something can be done about it.”
In creating the Volunteer Ministers program, L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a Volunteer Minister and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance.”