(first published on Nolan Chart: http://www.nolanchart.com/article4817.html)
For anyone new to the subject of the ongoing Scientology debate, here is a more basic article on The Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs).
In short, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) are the help force of the Church of Scientology, founded by Scientology-founder L. Ron Hubbard in the 1970s:
VMs are trained in disaster response techniques but also in general administration and to give help to others in all situations in life. They VMs exist since the 1970s but after a “Wake Up Call” triggered off by the 9/11 terror acts they now number more than 87,000 all over the world. VMs are regularly despatched to disaster zones to give help, hundreds of thousands of man hours since 2001. They proudly call themselves the biggest disaster relief force on earth and I believe they are. Every VM is a volunteer who quits his or her job for several days, weeks or even months to help others in need.
From VolunterMinisters.org: “When disaster strikes, the Volunteer Ministers are among the first to arrive. Trained to respond to emergency situations, they provide whatever is needed to immediately alleviate suffering and bring order quickly. And because the technology they apply is simple and effective, they quickly train others so they too can provide help.
In the last year alone the Volunteer Ministers have given real help to 1.6 million people from all walks of life and in 114 countries. That is why Scientology Volunteer Ministers live by the motto: Something Can Be Done About It.”