David Miscavige in South Africa: The new 'Advanced Org' gets its castle - 2019-01-12
Scientology finally posted publicity photos from its January 1 celebration in South Africa to open its new 'Advanced Org' there, and the reason it took them so long is that church leader David Miscavige was apparently there for an entire week of events.
Well, we can understand why he's so excited. We have to give him his due on this one — finally, he's held a grand opening for a new building that represents some actual expansion of the organization.
You see, all of those other building debuts he's been holding have been for newer, fancier facilities that were simply replacing previous "orgs" (Scientology's word for churches). Although Miscavige wants his followers to think of it as expansion, the new buildings aren't going into new territories, and the prevailing evidence is that overall membership (which we estimate to be less than 20,000 at this point, worldwide) has declined, not expanded.