“Whether it was food, water, equipment, or your own unique
spiritual help,” said Stephen Hittmann, in a letter to the
president of NYC’s Celebrity Centre Church of Scientology,
“you were there working alongside people of many faiths to
provide whatever was wanted or needed by the members of the
Fire Department and the other rescue forces.”
Hittman is the executive director of Fire & Life Safety
of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Referring to L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the religion of Scientology,
who considered his work only as valuable as it was a help
to others, Hittmann wrote: “Your volunteer ministers exemplified
that philosophy at Ground Zero and continue to do so in their
help to firefighters throughout New York. The assistance you
provided was vital, and I commend your members [from] here
in New York, and from across the United States, who came to
help when help was needed most.”
Scientologists believe that “Something can be done about
it.” These words express the spirit behind the movement and
capture its sense of urgency about changing a society where
individual men and women are increasingly beset by economic,
political, and social forces that seem more and more out of
Scientology ministers volunteer because they understand that
something needs to be done about the world, and they wants
to do what they can to change it by helping those around them.
By training as volunteer ministers, they learn basic tools
to use to alleviate the troubles of those they know or meet.
Enough people doing this will change the world because, Scientologists
believe, the larger problems of mankind are a composite of
the problems of individual men and women.
Volunteer minister services are commonly known as “assists.”
An assist is neither healing, nor treatment. It is, in the
words of the church, helping an individual “to heal himself
or be healed by another agency by removing his reasons for
precipitating and prolonging his condition and lessening his
predisposition to further injure himself or remain in an intolerable
For example, one local volunteer minister assisted a friend
who had severe back pains and mental trauma after falling
down a flight of stairs. The minister discovered that her
friend was experiencing a lot of stress at work. She applied
a “nerve assist” (one of the many assists available for use
by volunteer ministers) to help her friend deal with her work
situation. As the friend realized the source of her concerns,
the emotional trauma eased, her back pains subsided, and she
was able to move about freely. She was soon able to make decisions
that resolved her situation, and she became herself again—bright,
happy, and successful at work and life.
More success stories, more information on volunteer ministers
and assists, and assistance from ministers are all available
at the 1159 Fort Street Mall Church of Scientology. The church
is all-denominational, so everyone can benefit from and learn
these techniques. People of all faiths and walks of life are
encouraged to participate.
Call 545-5804. All it takes is a need for help or a desire
to help others.