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News from the Scientology Mission Network

11 Jun 2007: York Provides a Rollicking Welcome to the Newest Church of Scientology in the United Kingdom

There was dancing in the street when the Jive Aces performed at the grand opening of the Church of Scientology Mission of York.
There was dancing in the street when the Jive Aces, with their hallmark jive music and contagious sense of humor, got everyone into the "swing" of it at the grand opening of the new Church of Scientology Mission of York in the United Kingdom.

Unfortunately, life in the UK can fall quite short of this kind of fun. In fact, according to a survey released this week, despite 60 per cent of the nation's workforce believing that conflict is unhealthy, almost a third of workers (30.7 per cent) clash with their colleagues on a weekly basis. And stress is now one of the major causes of absenteeism in the country.

The Church of Scientology Mission of York, with its full array of Life Improvement Courses, and its Dianetics stress testing, workshops and counseling, tackles these kinds of problems.

For example, the Scientology Handbook has a chapter on how to resolve conflicts. Volunteer Ministers and other Scientologists who study this information find it easy to opt out of the "unhappy" category of those who lack skill in relationships.

The Mission also has a large inventory of books and taped lectures by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard. Many a person has been able to change things for the better just by studying one of these books or lectures and applying the information to his or her life.

So, with the opening of the new Church of Scientology Mission of York there is indeed a lot to celebrate!

For more information, contact the Mission at: york@scientology.org or visit them at Matmer House, Suite 4, 35 Hull Road, York YO103JW.

9 May 2007: Benvenuto to the Newest Scientology Mission of Italy, the Church of Scientology Mission of Genoa (Genova)
A center of culture, industry and commerce since the Middle Ages, the city of Genoa (Genova) is now home to the newest mission in the thriving Scientology community of Italy.

The city of Genoa (Genova) is now home to the newest mission in the thriving Scientology community of Italy.
The mission is located next to "La Fiumara," a shopping and entertainment center known as the "New Center of Genoa."

When the ribbon was cut, the doors of the Genova Mission opened, making introductory training and Scientology and Dianetics Counseling, workshops, seminars, Sunday services and community outreach programs available to the people of the city.

Perhaps best known for the great explorers that were her native sons, Giovanni Caboto (John Cabot) and Cristoforo Colombo (Christopher Columbus), Genova is now on track for a new age of exploration; as L. Ron Hubbard described it in Dianetics: the Modern Science of Mental Health, "an exploration into terra incognita, the human mind, that vast and hitherto unknown realm half an inch back of our foreheads."

26 Apr 2007: New Scientology Mission in Kazakhstan Opened in the Spirit of Friendship

The new mission of Dostyk, Kazakhstan, opened its doors on the 7th of April 2007.
Dostyk is a small town in the Almaty province on the border of Kazakhstan and China. In fact, it serves as the point of entry by highway and railroad between the Commonwealth of Independent States and China.

The word "Dostyk" means "friendship" and it was in the spirit of cooperation between the two countries that it was conceived.

And it was friendship that marked the opening of the Scientology Mission of Dostyk; the newest Scientology Mission in Kazakhstan.

The new mission opened its doors on the 7th of April 2007, with traditional music and dancing, and presentations by local businessmen and government leaders.

The Mission Director, Aiman Zharmuhamed, told her guests how she came to be a Scientologist and why she decided to open this Scientology mission.

For a long time she had been searching for a workable technology with which to really help people with their problems. When she found Dianetics and Scientology she thought this might be exactly what she was looking for, so she and her son traveled to the Scientology Mission of Almaty, where they both enrolled on Scientology and Dianetics courses. They got even more from this training than they had hoped.

But having gotten the help she was looking for she now wanted to extend this to her friends, her neighbors, everyone in her town.

And Aiman is not content simply to help the people of Dostyk: she plans to continue opening Scientology Missions in other cities, to make the priceless spiritual technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard available to all the people of her country.

4 Apr 2007: Director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Lafayette, Louisiana, Honored

Marie Pace, the director of the Scientology Mission of Lafayette, LA, has been honored as a woman who is changing the history of her community.

The director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Lafayette, Louisiana, was honored last month as part of Women's History Month. Marie Pace was recognized as one of 31 women who are changing the history of her community.

Marie has been serving the community through her mission's many outreach programs. But the help of the Scientology Mission of Lafayette took on an entirely new dimension almost two years ago, when Hurricane Katrina hit and was followed within days by Hurricane Rita.

Marie mobilized the Scientologists of her parish and organized hundreds of Scientology Volunteer Ministers from around the country who hurried to Louisiana to help. The emergency relief personnel and social agencies had never experienced demands of the magnitude this catastrophe created. They were overloaded past the point of being able to cope. Marie and her team took on any task that was needed to help the victims, restore calm and relieve the burden of those responsible for handling the emergency.

As described in Freedom Magazine:

"So ravaged in spirit were the first refugees to the converted Vermilion Parish recreation center that few were expecting much attention, let alone actual help, according to Marie Pace, Lafayette native and coordinator for the Volunteer Ministers in Vermilion Parish and Lafayette.

"'We'd set up showers, washers, dryers, beds and clothes at the shelter—all of it donated by local residents and businesses,' Pace said. 'And, with just about everyone coming from New Orleans being rattled and scared, we first provided assists called 'locationals' to help them orient themselves to the present, non-threatening environment.'"

"Assists" are techniques developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Assists are invaluable to emergency response personnel as they help alleviate stress and trauma, and orient confused or distraught individuals to their present environment.

Marie's assistance to her community spelled the difference between success and failure after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck in 2005.
Marie's help certainly did not go unnoticed. As Freedom wrote:

"A Lafayette community leader who worked shoulder-to-shoulder with the Volunteer Ministers wrote to Marie Pace, 'You and your entire group will leave a lasting impression of compassion and goodwill in our community. I served in the Church of Christ ministry for several years, and have been active in my community for my entire adult life, and have never met any group of people more dedicated to ... giving assurance, hope and calm to people who in many cases have lost everything, including human life.'"

In hearing of the Women's History Month award, Marie recalled something L. Ron Hubbard wrote, which has served as an inspiration to her: "The biggest right there is, is not the right to vote, is not the right to freedom of speech, or press, or religion or anything else. The biggest right there is in human rights is the right to help."

Over the past few years, due the work of Marie and her volunteer team, and the VMs who respond to disasters and provide one-on-one help in their communities around the world, there has been a groundswell of enthusiasm for the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program from community leaders, groups and organizations.

To meet the demand, Scientology churches and missions are now providing on-site workshops, seminars and courses to any group or individual requesting the service. To learn more or request a seminar visit the web site of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers.

21 Mar 2007: New Scientology Mission "in Paradise"

Traditional dancers entertained the crowd at the grand opening of the Church of Scientology Mission of Margarita Island.
Twenty-three miles off the coast of Venezuela lies Margarita Island, the "Pearl of the Caribbean." This island paradise, with its near-perfect climate, is now the home of the newest Scientology Mission in Venezuela.

Traditional dancers entertained the crowd at the grand opening of the Church of Scientology Mission of Margarita Island.

And on a winter's day, when blizzards were laying waste whole sections of the Northern United States and Canada, here on Isla Margarita the crowd relaxed; soaking up the sunshine, enjoying the music, dancing, and cheering the speakers who welcomed the Mission to its home.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony the crown was invited to tour the facilities and learn about the services the Mission offers the community.
The audience went wild when the Nueva Espart State Firemen Corps honored the Mission, recognizing L. Ron Hubbard and the Dianetics Cultural Association of Margarita Island, "for their valuable contribution to our institution and the community, with tools which provide personal help and improvement; and educational campaigns which increase awareness on human rights, ethics and moral values."

After the ribbon cutting ceremony the crown was invited to tour the facilities and learn about the services the Mission offers the community.

The ribbon was cut, symbolizing the official opening, and the Mission Director invited everyone to come in, tour the facilities, and take advantage of the services the Mission offers the community.

1 Mar 2007: Church of Scientology Mission of Manila Meets with the Philippines DEA to Combat Drug Abuse throughout the Region

The director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Manila, Robert Anderson met with representatives of the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to join forces in combating drug abuse among youth of the country.
The Church of Scientology Mission of Manila, whose Scientology Volunteer Ministers were recognized for their humanitarian work following Typhoon Durian last December, is back in the news on a different, but no less important subject this week. And that subject is "demand reduction" — education on the truth about drugs to combat drug abuse before it starts.

In recent years local law enforcement officials have estimated illegal drugs to be a $5 billion a year industry with almost 2 million drug users in the Philippines. And according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) methamphetamine, ecstasy and prescription drug abuse are on the rise among youth in the country.

The Philippines is also home to bands of inhalant-sniffing teens, often referred to as "rugby boys," for the cheap contact cement known as "rugby" that is their drug of choice.

Recognizing the importance of this problem, the director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Manila, Robert Anderson, decided to do something effective. So, last week he met with representatives of the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to offer his help.

He brought with him copies of anti-drug booklets produced by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a secular non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, California, established to meet the increasing demand for the international "Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life" drug prevention program, which members of Scientology churches and other volunteer organizations have been conducting for over 20 years around the world.

These booklets provide young people with factual information about the most commonly abused substances, including cannabis, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and painkillers. By having the facts, youth are empowered to withstand pro-drug propaganda and peer pressure so they can make their own educated choices on the subject.

Mr. Anderson also told the PDEA about the Drug Free Ambassadors program, based on the Drug-Free Marshals of the USA. This campaign, launched 14 years ago in Los Angeles, is a grassroots youth-based program in which children pledge to live drug-free lives and to help their friends and family steer clear of drugs as well.

The PDEA immediately saw the value of these educational booklets, and wants to help translate them into the various dialects of the region and use them in their own anti-drug program called "Counter Drug" to reach as many young people as possible with the truth about drugs.

22 Feb 2007: The New Sunland-Tujunga Mission Pledges to Make an Even Better Town to Live In

The towns of Sunland and Tujunga in the Crescenta Valley of Los Angeles County, California have an important new addition, with the grand opening of the Church of Scientology Mission of Sunland-Tujunga.

There was a feeling of excitement in the air on the chilly afternoon, when distinguished members of the community welcomed the mission to its home.

A representative of the Foothill Division of the LAPD, proud of Sunland-Tujunga having the lowest crime rate in Los Angeles, spoke of looking forward to the Mission's partnership in crime prevention programs.

The Chairperson of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council described the mission's community activities as "real honest solutions to the day-to-day problems people face."

On hand also was the Interfaith Representative for the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, who read from an essay by Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, emphasizing the importance of religion in improving the quality of life.

The Executive Director of the Church of Scientology of Pasadena welcomed the mission staff, and let them know her staff and executives are there to help them with any direction of service they may need.

Finally, Linda Quay, the chief executive of the mission, joined the Captain for the Sunland-Tujunga Association for a Better Living Environment (S.T.A.B.L.E) in a pledge to work together to rid the community of crime, drugs, and gang activity.

When the honored guests cut the ribbon, the whole neighborhood was filled with the cheers of those attending, who rushed into the mission to tour the new facilities.

The Church of Scientology Mission of Sunland-Tujunga offers Scientology and Dianetics spiritual counseling and basic courses, and their Scientology Volunteer Ministers are there for anyone in need of help.

Visit the mission at 8828 Foothill Boulevard, Sunland CA 91040 or contact them at 818 951 3601 or
sunland@scientology.net

If you are interested in opening a Scientology mission in your hometown or pioneer area click here for more information.

20 Feb 2007: A New Church of Scientology Mission of Melitopol Opens in the Ukraine

"I decided to open a mission in Melitopol so others could experience the same kind of success I've had with Dianetics and Scientology," said Godjaeva Galina, Executive Director of the Church of Scientology Mission of Melitopol at the missions grand opening. "Through my Scientology training and counseling I have become more cheerful, more confident and I have learned how to help people," she went on to say.

Ms. Galina was joined by Tatiana Zakharova whose Scientology Mission in Zaporizhzhya 100 km (about 60 miles) to the north has been so successful that she decided to set up another mission in Melitopol and invited Ms. Galina to head it.

Ms. Galina and Ms. Zakharova welcomed everyone in attendance and invited them to take full advantage of the services the mission offers the community.

"I know how to help people cope with their difficulties and problems, through the application of Scientology and Dianetics technology," said Ms. Galina. And she made it clear that anyone can learn these skills.

In his essay titled "My Philosophy," Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote, "I like to help others and count it as my greatest pleasure in life to see a person free himself of the shadows which darken his days."

It is in this spirit that these two Ukranian women and the staff and executives of the new Church of Scientology Mission of Melitopol offer workable Scientology solutions to the people of south-central Ukraine.

If you are interested in opening a Scientology mission in your hometown or pioneer area click here for more information.

18 Feb 2007: 3rd Scientology Mission in Chelyabinsk, Russia

Just to the east of the Ural Mountains over 700 miles from Moscow, lies the city of Chelyabinsk, one of the major industrial centers of Russia. With a population of just over a million, Chelyabinsk is an important junction between Moscow and points east.

A center for education and the arts for the region, Cheliabinsk is also the home of the newest Scientology Mission in Russia — the Church of Scientology Mission of Smolino. The mission, located in the administrative city center, is the third Scientology mission in the city. Evgenie Degtyaryov, who established the Smolino Mission, is eager to serve his community with introductory Scientology and Dianetics books, courses and spiritual counseling.

At the grand opening Mr. Degtyaryov announced that the mission's doors are open, and anyone wishing to find out about L. Ron Hubbard's tremendous breakthroughs on the spirit and life are welcome to visit and find out first hand what Scientology has to offer them.

If you are interested in opening a Scientology mission in your hometown or pioneer area click here for more information.

15 Feb 2007: Scientology Mission of Nagano, Carrying on a Tradition of Religious Freedom and Enlightenment

The Church of Scientology Mission of Nagano, dedicated to helping others gain a greater understanding of themselves and their potential as spiritual beings.
There is a centuries-old tradition of tolerance and freedom in Nagano, Japan. It was 1400 years ago that the Zenkoji temple first opened its doors, welcoming all pilgrims regardless of gender or creed. Part of its legend is the belief that in this temple is the "key to paradise" which is said to grant enlightenment to anybody who touches it.

The Church of Scientology Mission of Nagano is committed to accomplishing these same ideals, with its aims, as stated by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, "A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights. "

Dedicated to helping others gain a greater understanding of themselves and their potential as spiritual beings the executives and staff of the new mission provide basic Scientology and Dianetics courses, and Dianetics counseling to the people of the region.

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