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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Danish Scientologist Documents the Work of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers in a Book called After the Tsunami - Part II

Through his travels to South East Asia to document the Scientology Disaster Relief Team in December 2004, Danish Scientologist Thorsten Overgaard created a record of a pivotal moment in the history of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program.

The tsunami relief effort was not only the largest mobilization of Scientology Volunteer Ministers to that date, it was also the most diverse. And it served as the inspiration for Volunteer Ministers from around the world from that point forward to join the relief efforts for such disasters as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, the Pakistan Earthquake of 2005 and the Java earthquake in 2006.

Overgaard's web site features the story of Robbie Scandrett, a stage and television actor from London, whose desire to help brought him to India in the wake of the tsunami.

Scientology Volunteer Minister Robbie Scandrett

Scandrett, who spent 4 weeks in the disaster zone, describes an incident of helping an 11-year-old girl who was suffering from acute trauma. The young girl's mother asked for his help, explaining to him through the interpreter that her daughter had not slept since the tsunami, tormented by the sound of the giant waves that she could still hear, and terrified of the sea.

He describes how by giving the girl a Scientology assist,* he helped her come through the pain of the incident and leave the ordeal behind her.

"Suddenly she looked me dead in the eyes.I asked how she was doing. Her response was that she no longer felt any fear of the sea -- she felt stronger and had lost the pain in her back. She wandered off into the crowd that had gathered around us during the assist and I never saw her again. The moment was over in flash [but] will stick in my memory for decades to come. A truly beautiful moment in my life."

To watch a slide show of the events, order Overgaard's book or get a copy of his free ebook go to

*Assists are techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard. They operate on the principle that one tends to withdraw mentally or spiritually from an injured area. Only by restoring communication with this area can one bring the spiritual element into healing, thereby greatly speeding the healing process. Assists are used to alleviate stress, or to orient a confused or distraught individual to his present environment.