Scientology Volunteer Ministers Bid Farewell to Iranduba as Brazilian Mission Continues Down the Amazon River

As humanitarian tour prepares to take off following torrential rains, it leaves behind a team of trained Volunteer Ministers to carry on their work.

Just as the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Amazon Goodwill Tour were ready to leave Irnaduba, Brazil, they were drafted back into service once again. Heavy rains inundated the region, flooding large areas and isolating several communities.

Orange-clad first responders of the civil defense corps and Volunteer Ministers in yellow worked side-by-side loading the Volunteer Ministers’ river barge with 1.2 tons of food and 16 boxes of clothing, which the Volunteer Ministers ferried down the river to those in need of supplies.

Orange-clad first responders of the civil defense corps
 and Volunteer Ministers in yellow worked side-by-side  

During their stay in Iranduba, the Volunteer Ministers held workshops in schools, trained nurses and the local Red Cross in disaster response techniques and provided one-on-one help. They trained and established an Iranduba Volunteer Ministers group that will continue delivering service to the village and outlying communities.  

Whether serving in their communities or on the other side of the world, the motto of the Scientology Volunteer Minister is "Something can be done about it." The program, created in the mid-1970s by L. Ron Hubbard and sponsored by the Church of Scientology International as a religious social service, constitutes one of the world’s largest and most visible international independent relief forces.

The Volunteer Minister “helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.”

A global network of Volunteer Ministers mobilizes in times of manmade and natural disasters, answering the call wherever needed. Collaborating with some 1,000 organizations and agencies, they have utilized their skill and experience in providing physical support and spiritual aid at hundreds of disaster sites.


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