My name is Jose Balcells, and I am president of EsFuturo NGO. Just two months ago Activated Ministries sponsored a donation of 576 "Discovering the truth" Bible study help books and 320 "Freedom Within" devotional books that were distributed to the libreries of every prison and many rehabilitation centers in Spain. Those books are a real help to many people in need of counsel and guidance, and AM made it possible by covering the costs. Working with AM has been a pleasure, as they made it very easy for us to do good. In the name of all those who are benefiting from those books I thank AM and acknowledge publicly their efforts to improve the life of many who are in need.
I have been involved in mission work for many years on the Indian subcontinent, and Activated Ministries has provided funding for a number of tremendous projects that are impacting the lives of young people and children.
AM is a spinoff of or front for the high demand religious group / cult The Children of God / The Family International. As such, any support offered them directly or indirectly helps the COG. Tom Hack is /was a longtime leader of the COG/ TFI. He has never distanced himself from the group or it's abusive beliefs and practices. Donors should be aware of this connection and proceed accordingly. A quick google of the COG TFI will give anyone interested plenty of background information.
When someone has been hurt or offended somehow, I think the person or the organization should take the initiative and respond accordingly. Instead, they have communicated with some of their beneficiaries in order to get positive feedback. Very insidious, it is a complete whitewash cover up and shows that this organization has a very low social responsibility level.
The truth is that Activated Ministries and their recipients abroad are all members of the ‘Children of God’, a.k.a ‘The Family International, TFI. The group has lost most of its people as well as its initial thrust as a religious movement, today being no more than a couple thousand members. All that was due to several failing restructuring moves, power distance with leaders and members and lack of founders’ communication with its people.
Activated Ministries operates as a private company, they collect and distribute some sporadic help to their colleagues in some countries, mostly in kind, books and DVDs. However, the issue at stake is the fact this individuals go around with brochures and newsletters portraying pictures from this irregular events, approaching donors and fundraising for their own expenses, all the while holding a high standard of living and creating a vague and fake ‘missionary life style’.
Lots of the parents from the generation that join the group had several children, and some of them live abroad begging with their brochures and books, or are found into inconsequential ‘peripheral activities’ like clowning, restaurant singing, event management or even belly dancing. Is this the future you want or your kids? Does it seem like the religion you want to help support? Well, as for me and my family, no sir.
In 1972, when I was 16, I was deceived and manipulated into joining the cult, the Children of God, which later became known as The Family International. In 1991, I escaped the group while living in Japan, returned to Canada and went on to earn a law degree. I am now a lawyer and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. Activated Ministries is a front group to disguise the immoral, unethical and illegal activities of The Family International. I once lived with Activated Ministries CEO, Thomas Hack, in Japan, not long before I escaped that group. My personal experience with him was that he was a typically abusive and manipulative leader of The Family International. He played a direct role in abusing me personally and causing psychological harm that I still feel the effects of.
The group's mission statement claims that it helps improve the lives of those less fortunate, but that is a deception. Based on my own experiences, I can tell you that the group skims the best of donated goods for their own use, committing charity fraud where ever it operates. The group also forges legal documents such as passports and university degrees, financially and spiritually exploits their own children, indoctrinates and denies them their basic human rights, deceives outsiders as to their true intentions, illegally proselytizes in countries where that is illegal, and engages in many other unethical behaviours. The group's misleading mission statement does not reveal that a great many families have been broken and many lives ruined by involvement with this organization. Do not donate to this group. Your money will not be received by or used to help those who are most needy, but will be used to deceive and harm many more people. For more information or contact info google my name, Perry Bulwer
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