As the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Hurricane Ida Disaster Response Team members wrap up two weeks of service in Louisiana and head home to their families and jobs, what they will long remember is the warmth, friendliness and courage of the people of Louisiana.
LOS ANGELES, September 27, 2021 (Newswire.com) - St. Charles Parish is finally heading back toward normal: Schools are about to reopen, and power is restored in some 90 percent of homes. Knowing they made a difference, Scientology Volunteer Ministers who arrived in the region two weeks ago have headed home. They look back with fond memories of the warm and gracious people they met and helped.
The team cleaned out flood-damaged homes, chopped up and removed fallen trees, pulled down broken branches from trees to prevent them from falling on unsuspecting passersby. And they provided Scientology assists—techniques that have come to be known as "spiritual first aid." Assists help people overcome the loss and confusion so often experienced in times of disaster.
On arriving in Louisiana, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers logged onto crisiscleanup.org to locate neighborhoods most in need of help. By connecting with the Mount Zion Baptist Church, they found out which parishioners needed assistance. Often, when they finished one project, someone next door or across the street also needed a hand, which they were happy to provide.
"I am truly grateful and blessed that you all were generous enough to assist me and my family during these difficult times," said one person whose home they took care of.
"One woman thanked us over and over again," said the Scientologist leading the project. "She had tried to get help but no one had come. Now she could go see her grandbabies. We were so happy to be able to help."
"Your team members have been in my prayers and thoughts every day since our meeting at Mount Zion Baptist Church," said a parishioner. "Each of you are a wonderful blessing. You are difference makers."
A Volunteer Minister is "a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring truth and spiritual values to the lives of others." Their creed: "A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well."
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Source: Church of Scientology International