Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Australia restore hope in the Land of Dreams

| Australia 12 November 2009 |

In a very quiet way, day by day, Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Australia on the Outback Goodwill Tour help people overcome the barriers to their happiness and renew the dreams of the people of dreams—the indigenous people of the Australian Outback.

The plagues that dominate indigenous Australian culture are drug and alcohol abuse and illiteracy. In 2005, the reading levels of less than half of third year Aboriginal students and only 31% of fifth year students met national standards. While only 5% of Australia’s 10–17-year-olds are indigenous, they make up 40% of all young people in the nation’s juvenile justice system. A report released in June 2009 found that indigenous Australians are thirteen times more likely to end up in jail than the rest of the population. The report found a clear link between drug and alcohol abuse and the high number of incarcerated indigenous people.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour tackles these problems in villages and camps on a one-on-one basis, using Study Technology, the Answers to Drugs booklet, and Scientology assists—”spiritual first aid” that helps establish the person’s communication with his or her body to overcome the pain and discomfort often associated with withdrawal. This spiritual technology, developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, is making a difference in the lives of these people, one person at a time.

Alice Springs is a cultural meeting place for the 60 thousand indigenous Australians of the Northern Territory. An additional 2,000–3,000 indigenous people pass through eighteen outlying town camps and thousands visit the Todd dry riverbed, a sacred site that runs through the town. Volunteer Ministers have introduced hundreds living in the city and camps and those making the spiritual trek to the city—to technology to help with drug addiction, literacy, ethics and morality.

An elder from Alice Springs heard about the Volunteer Ministers on the “bush telegraph” (in other words, by word of mouth) and how much their Scientology assists had helped people. When she encountered the volunteers she had them train her to give assists and she now uses them regularly with her own friends and family. A Lutheran pastor from Hermannsburg heard about assists and he too is now delivering them—and has taught thirty others this technology.

With their motto: Something Can Be Done About It, the Goodwill Tour reaches hundreds of people each month, and through training them in these tools for better living, reach out to an entire culture.