At the opening ceremony April 21 of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill
Tour in Honiara, capital of Guadalcanal Province, Hon. Ileen Sulukonina, Guadalcanal’s Minister for Women, Youth, Children and Sports, welcomed the
Volunteer Ministers to the region on behalf of the Guadalcanal Provincial Government. Hon. Sulukonina, who herself attended all 19 seminars when the
Goodwill Tour first arrived in the Solomon Islands in Fall 2011, encouraged those present to take advantage of the training.
“The seminars will teach and inform people about the tools in knowing to know yourself and relationships with others in order to survive,” she said. “Come with an open heart to learn, as Man’s survival will depend on his knowledge about himself, others and his environment.”
The Waru Panpipe Band and the Kakona Traditional Group performed traditional songs and dances and guests toured the traditional hut built for the occasion at Town Ground, and Mathew Andrews, leader of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour, gave an overview of the program with specific examples to illustrate the 19 topics the group will cover in the seminars—including how to communicate and understand others better; how to improve one’s standard of living; solutions to alcohol and drug abuse; how to improve the ability to study and learn; what makes a successful marriage; and how to be an effective leader.
“Our aims are to pass on the knowledge of Scientology so people can overcome problems that trouble them or those they care about,” he said.
For more information on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, visit www.VolunteerMinisters.org.
In creating the program in 1976, L. Ron Hubbard described the qualities of the Volunteer Minister: “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.”
Scientology Volunteer Ministers have trained and partnered with more than 1,100 organizations, including the Red Cross, FEMA, National Guard, Salvation Army, Mexico’s International Rescue Brigade, Boy Scouts, and hundreds of local,
regional and national groups and organizations, giving freely of their skills, their care and compassion. They have provided physical and spiritual relief at more than 200 disaster sites.
Today hundreds of thousands of individuals are trained in the skills of a Volunteer Minister across 185 nations. For more information on Scientology Volunteer Ministers, visit www.volunteerministers.org.