Concern Over Increased Coronavirus Cases Has Volunteer Ministers on Alert

German Volunteer Ministers from the Church of Scientology Stuttgart set off to distribute booklets to shops and households on how to stay well.

In May, Scientology Volunteer Ministers across Germany distributed educational booklets in their communities to help neighbors understand prevention basics. Now, with new cases surging, the application of these prevention principles is more important than ever.

​​​​​Germany’s rapid, proactive response to the coronavirus made it one of the first countries able to ease restrictions in May. But the number of new cases has risen sharply since late July.

“We overcame it before, we can do it again,” said a Scientology Volunteer Minister who participated in the distribution of Stay Well booklets. She says people were eager to find out how to prevent the transmission of the virus and with an understanding of the basic principles of prevention we can get this back under control.

Distribution of the booklets took place in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe, Munich, and Ulm. Local Volunteer Ministers dressed in protective gear visited shops, restaurants, houses of worship and private residences with displays of three educational booklets: How to Keep Yourself & Others WellHow to Protect Yourself & Others with a Mask & Gloves and How to Prevent the Spread of Illness with Isolation.

At one hair salon, the manager, who posed for photos for Volunteer Ministers’ social media, said he was proud to take part in the action. 

The owner of an Indian restaurant already had a box of gloves and masks and bottles of hand sanitizer for people to take. He said these booklets totally aligned with his intention to protect his customers. 

“Of course we’ll take copies for our customers,” said another shop. “We want to help.”

A Berlin Dönerladen (fast-food take-out) loved the booklets and took 200 copies for their guests.

A medical doctor found them “very useful and easy to read” because they explain how the virus spreads “without the complicated language.” He placed copies in the waiting room of his clinic.

“People would stop us on the street and ask us for copies of the booklets,” said a Volunteer Minister. “After reading them, they would come back to get more for their friends. Now every time I pass one of the shops I visited, the owner waves hello. There are so many nice people who want to help everyone get through this.”

These booklets can be read online or downloaded free of charge in 21 languages at the How to Stay Well Prevention Resource Center on the Scientology website.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. It constitutes one of the largest international independent relief forces. A Volunteer Minister’s mandate is to be “a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.”

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Source: Church of Scientology International