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Causes: Christianity, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, International, International Development, Literacy, Religion, Religion-Related

Mission: Activated Ministries is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 1999. Our focus is supporting humanitarian and mission-based programs, producing and distributing educational and inspirational materials, and providing post-secondary education scholarships for the children of those who have engaged in charitable service.

Programs: Activated Ministries provides support for missionary outreach in the US & Canada by providing teaching materials and Christian magazines, books and other resources for use in their ministries. These resources include the monthly Activated! magazine which includes Bible studies and lessons on faith, prayer, witnessing and other principals relating to our spiritual life and service; inspirational and instructional books to help readers develop their personal relationship with God; and video and audio tapes designed to inspire faith and promote the principals of a Christ-based life. Our Food and Raiment Program provides weekly food distribution to needy individuals, families and local non-profits to supplement their ministries. Shoes and clothes are also shipped to missionary outreach programs overseas.

Community Stories

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Activated Ministries supports a tremendous school and orphanage in Gulu Uganda that is helping the children of former child soldiers! They are helping to change the world!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This year we received donated outreach materials from Activated Ministries that will help us to reach thousands of people with the gospel. We are so grateful for their generous help and donation to our ministry.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Activated Ministries is a ministry that has helped change lives! We are grateful for their dedication and commitment to serve all over the world! Our son was blessed to receive a scholarship to help with college. It was an answer to prayer! We appreciate all the variety of ministries that the organization is involved in. Their generosity has impacted the world!

Board Member

Rating: 1

BEWARE!!!!!
THIS IS A SCAM!!!!!!!
DON'T DONATE HERE!!!

1 Timothy M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great non-profit making a meaningful difference in lives of many. Their missionary scholarship program is having a profound impact in the lives of those who have spent their lives serving others.
Keep up the good work.

1 Carola1980

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that is enriching peoples lives. Activated ministries is making a difference to those that need it the most.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2011 I worked with Patrocina Un Libro, a Mexico City-based organization sponsored by Activated Ministries. The organization’s mission is to provide educational material to underfunded schools, orphanages, and shelters for children. It was so wonderful to see the children’s faces light up as they received the books—and none of it would have been possible without Activated Ministries. We held weekly workshops with the children’s mothers and offered guidance and counsel. I will always remember this experience as it was life changing.
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In all the years that I have followed the projects and programs of Activated Ministries, what has always stuck out to me is their genuine concern and initiative to make a change. I've seen so many lives changed and bettered through the hard work of truly sacrificial volunteers who really are there to make a difference. The impact that they have made in Uganda with the children who are so in need, is beautiful to me and something we need to see more of. Knowing the amount of hard work, thankless labor and personal sacrifice that goes into that program, is something I admire immensely and am in awe of. Keep up the good work Activated Ministries!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A truly wonderful organization committed to bettering this world with projects ranging from humanitarian and educational to spiritual.
Their Family Care Uganda project is so inspiring, providing the emotional and physical care that those children need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Activated Ministries for over 10 years and I know that my donations are helping to make a difference in the lives of many people around the world. The Family Care Uganda project is a school and orphanage in Uganda with over 250 students - serving children who would not otherwise have a home or receive an education. I'm so grateful to be a part of this ministry.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Its been incredible working with Activated Ministries! I am one of the co-founders of Doctor Payaso A.C. In Mexico and have been blessed having received their generous support on a few occasions. That has enable us to reach thousands! 162,000 patients and medical staff since our founding! Channeling the support of donors its a huge blessing for those like us, outside of the US. Thank you dear friends for making our mission of "healing through love and joy" possible in Mexico.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been on the receiving end of Activated Ministries generosity.
My husband, our 4 children didnt have a vehicle and had moved to a new city.
Activated Ministries was so generous in giving us an amazing van where we all fit comfortably and where we could drive the kids to school every day in a time when we needed it most.
And it's because of this and other ways in which they've shown so much love to me and my family that we are forever grateful and will never forget their generosity, and kindness.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter received a scholarship from Activated Ministries for her nursing school. She is now an RN - and much thanks to Activated Ministries for their tremendous scholarship program that is helping so many young people get their degrees and pursue their careers!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Activated Ministries is doing an amazing work - and I truly admire them for their dedication and commitment. Especially their project in Gulu, Uganda - changing the lives of so many young students, orphans and children of former child soldiers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our project in northern Uganda offers schooling and full living to orphans of the long Kony war, and to extremely disadvantaged children and teens. Activated Ministries has been a key facilitator offering logistical support and providing grants and website support. We really couldn’t have the impact we’re having with these kids without their skilled, caring and professional support and guidance. To us, they are an incredible force for good, and enable us to change lives for the long-term with now some of our oldest in university, set to change their communities. For all the years they have assisted our project, there has never been a request from our end they have not tended to above and beyond the call of duty. We greatly admire them and deeply appreciate their effectiveness.

Robin Yamaguchi , Director Family Care Uganda

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to be awarded a scholarship from the Activated Ministries scholarship program. The $1000 scholarship was a great help for my nursing degree. I can't thank them enough for all they've done for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Activated Ministries was a great help to the many people in Baja California who need dental work, by donating a large RV which will be used as a traveling dental office. Their generous donation made this project possible!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a subscriber to the Activated Ministries daily devotionals for several years, and recently when I was going through a rough time in my life, those daily emails were like a lifeline for me and helped me to know that Jesus has my life in his hands.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Activated Ministries is that they are the real deal! We experienced first hand their generosity and true giving spirit when our family of 8 most needed help. Time and time again I have seen them reach out to others and give as much as they are able. What they are accomplishing in Uganda, through their scholarship program, their support in disaster relief, just to name a few initiatives, is really incredible to me. They are truly changing lives for the better!

1 Jeremy Y.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of Activated Ministries over the last seven years, and have seen a tremendous amount of progress across many of their projects in East Africa and other developing countries. They are clearly doing good work, and on a dollar basis it's hard to imagine a more efficient target for my charitable giving.

1 Urbano

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think this charity is doing a great thing helping others with education. I also really admire this ministries mission to better the world. The work you do helps countless people reach their educational goals and improve their communities around them. Thank you for all you do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A very active charity that helps others hands on, on the ground, in whatever way they can. When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Activated Ministries, donated vehicles and materials to missions whose housing and vehicles were under water from the flooding.
This charity also supports missions abroad such as Project Gulu in Africa that serves and educates children and their families in Uganda. I’ve had the opportunity to work up close with these folks and have seen them in action.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank Activated Ministries for their generous donation of a vehicle when we needed it most!
My husband, our 4 children and I arrived to a new city to start our lives over and did not have a vehicle to get around.
Although new beginings are tough Activated Ministries helped us not only with physycal help in a vehicle but also the encouragement we needed.
We are forever grateful and will never forget their generosity, and kindness.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a long time supporter of one of Activated Ministries' projects, the orphanage and school in Gulu, Uganda. It is a tremendous labor of love and continues to impact the lives of the 250+ students that they house and teach as well as the community they serve. These children have come from traumatic backgrounds - most are children of the child soldiers who were forced to fight with the LRA guerilla group. And many are now going to university and planning to help rebuild their country. What a great project!

2 Ryan75

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Activated Ministries supplied me with a scholarship for MA studies. Having been on the mission field for the last 20 years, I have wanted to further my education. I wanted to have a chance to reflect on my service, learn about new methods and theories as well as learn new skills. The scholarship from Activated Ministries has helped me pursue those studies. I am very grateful. Their application process was straight forward, they responded within the time frame that they had posted and were able to send a check directly to my school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Activated Ministries our project at a rural school was a great success and 120 teenagers now have the opportunity to learn computer basics! The school serves over 600 children and young people from four different villages. We were so thankful for the donation of 4 brand new computers from Activated Ministries. They will make a huge difference to the IT education of these young people who otherwise might not have an opportunity to be exposed to computers and learn even the basics. We are very grateful to Activated Ministries and those who have donated to make these important projects possible.

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thack 07/01/2013

Happy we could help, Maria!

2 Mex M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are very grateful to Activated Ministries for helping us over the years in our different projects here in Mexico. Through donating educational and inspirational materials as well as other goods needed by our mission center we have been able to further our outreach programs to the poor and needy.
Thank you so much for all your help!

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thack 06/20/2013

We're happy to be of service! God bless you for all your efforts and hard work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our first experience with Activated Ministries was in 2008, when we first started a project in Lima, Peru with a small group of volunteers. We cannot emphasize more the help and support that they gave us. They were crucial in starting the humanitarian project. It was a tremendous blessing to have the backing of such a professional organization to sponsor educational materials the first year of our humanitarian work. For the last five years, because of the help of Activated Ministries, we were able to organize our annual "Sponsor a Book Program", donating books, audio and video materials, and other educational aids to hospitals, schools, kindergartens, and poor families. The individuals and institutions that received these products would not be able to afford these materials otherwise. That makes us even more grateful to Activated Ministries for making all this possible. Just recently, one of the directors of the schools that received these educational products commented to us on how much they enjoyed them and used them on a daily basis. We would like to thank you and commend you for your professionalism and dedication.

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thack 06/20/2013

That's wonderful! We're happy to help!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would like to personally thank Activated Ministries for the enormous part you play in making our projects in Thailand possible. Whether it's being able to give needed educational materials for a school in financial crises, or being able to help a remote school which is often overlooked with an educational pack. - Whether it's finding that the products from Activated Ministries are the perfect foundation for motivational classes at a center for abused children, or that the motivational children's books from Activated Ministries are the ideal thing to leave with a bed-ridden child, to give him happiness and a positive attitude. The point is, in our many projects we organize to help children throughout Thailand, having Activated Ministries as our partner gives us the confidence that each project will be a success, because we know we have amazing products to give that have the ability to change lives. Activated Ministries, the smiles we see when we give your products and the stories we hear about the impact they have, never cease to inspire us.

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thack 06/20/2013

Thanks for the updates! We love keeping up with everything going on over there! Keep up the good work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was Project Manager of Family Volunteer Services of Nepal from 1995 til 2008 and Activated Ministries had helped us on that needy mission field many a time with sponsored educational materials, Activated magazines and Christian literature, music CDs, and A/V DVDs--And even donating to us the expensive digital masters so that we could set up a local language studio! I know they have their share of the rewards of our labor, and I'm happy to give them their fair credit due. Thanks Activated Ministries! --James F Smith http://www.familycare.org/network/family-volunteer-services-of-nepal

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thack 06/18/2013

Happy we could be of service!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Philip Foy and I have been working with Activated Ministries since 2001. I am very thankful for their support and collaboration in sponsoring a variety of projects I have helped with. Activated Ministries contribution has enabled us to print many thousands of educational booklets and Christian tracts for ministries around the world, notably materials in Portuguese for outreach in Mozambique, Christian materials in French for ministry in French speaking Africa, and materials for ministering to the Saharauis, a group of nearly 200,000 war refugees living in extreme conditions in the Western Sahara desert since 1975. It has been rewarding to hear the response to our efforts in lives changed and hope restored.

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thack 06/18/2013

It's rewarding for us to hear of the lives changed through your ministry. Keep it up, Phillip and team!

3 Susan213

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my over 40 years as a volunteer Christian missionary, the greatest aid to my outreach to a variety of peoples has been through the beautiful Aurora Products from Activated Ministries, which I am able to distribute & gift on a personal level.
From mothers in need of counsel & help with homeschooling their children of many ages, to those individuals of all ages who I meet, diagnosed with cancer (or some other disease) in need of encouragement in their final days… From teenagers who crave someone to just listen, & give them simple unbiased answers & directional sound bytes… to those entering & experiencing the vast changes in their lives with the onset of the golden years, I have used the versatile products provided at Activated Ministries to reach hearts & help to heal in the lives of hundreds.
Thank you, Activated, for also being so personally available & constantly gracious in our interactions & partnering to reach out to so many! God bless you! Susan Weiler, Austin, Texas


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thack 06/18/2013

Keep up the good work, Susan!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Jose Balcells, and I write from Madrid, Spain, to say that Activated Ministries has helped us enormously with our Jail Ministry. About a year ago, AM donated 600 books of the series Keys to Happier Living (Aurora Production AG) which were placed in the libraries of all prisons and main rehabilitation centers in Spain. Since then we’ve seen the good fruit those books have produced in the lives of so many inmates, from which we’ve received very positive responses, some truly fascinating as they wrote telling us of their lives changed and totally renewed.

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thack 06/18/2013

We're happy to hear of the lives changed through our combined efforts. God bless!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Activated Ministries has lent their support to our volunteer efforts in Northern Japan after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Since then, they have helped to sponsor four relief trips and a summer camp for the children and parents who lost their homes in the disaster.
We could not have accomplished so much without their help.

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thack 06/18/2013

And thank you for all time and effort you have put into helping the Tsunami refugees as well. We, at Activated Ministries, are proud to be a part of your efforts!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After the Earthquake and Tsunami that occurred in 2011 here in Japan, Activated Ministries helped to sponsor the distribution of clothing, food, books for children, and other items that were not covered by government organized relief programs. Our team of volunteer workers were sponsored by Activated Ministries and were able to make 6 trips to villages such as Higashimatsushima, Satohama, and many other hard-hit areas. Without the Activated Ministries' sponsorship, we would not have been able to reach so many. -Yoko Matsuoka for the Phoenix Project http://inorinotomoen.wordpress.com/

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having Activated Ministries support our work in Mexico City has enabled us to reach many people. Kids in Hospital through Laughter therapy visits as Clown Doctors, workshops for parent of kids with terminal illness and workshops for Medical Students on Clown-Care and the power of laughter in healing. Thank you for believing in our project and making it a reality. We honestly couldnt have done it without you.

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thack 06/18/2013

We're happy to help! You have a great work going there in Mexico.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Good day everyone. My name is Michael Fogarty and I am a professional musician in Japan. Christmas 2011 I was asked to put together a band for a Christmas Party at the Kanyo Hotel in Minamisanriku Japan. Minamisanriku is where the tsunami had the most devastating effects, leaving thousands dead and the whole town was destroyed except this one luxury hotel in the mountains. I said yes, and then went searching for other professionals who would be willing to help make the 1000km trip by car. This was already enough to ask to do all this without payment, but we had to pay our own expenses. I then found out that not only were our expenses not to be covered, but we would also have to pay for two nights in the hotel with meals. Adding all these expenses up for a 5 piece band was around $2000! (If you've never lived in Japan, tolls and gas are-Ouch-)
I had heard about Activated and Tom Hack (director) and the work they were doing and thought, well it never hurts to ask. I was going through the expenses list trying to see what I should pay such as preparing my car for the snow, meals there and back etc. I then sent a mail to Activated and Tom mentioned they had a budget for the tsunami relief and that if I sent a detailed list of the expenses they would be happy to pay in full!!! And that they did. We had a great Christmas party with over 350 guests, 80% of which had lost either their houses, loved ones, or livelihood. Thanks to you all at Activated. You rock.
I pray for your success and would so much love to call on you again.
The world is needy. May we together continue to reach out.
Michael Fogarty
owner, director infiniti studios
Japan

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thack 06/17/2013

Happy to be of service!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Each day as I visit the ships I am very thankful to be able to give the crew Christian magazines to encourage their faith and relieve their stress. Many sailors experience long contracts away from home, rough seas and increased piracy threats. Thank you Activated Ministries for your continued support in providing Christian materials. The crew really appreciate the reading materials.
Irene Glase, Melbourne Port Ministry

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thack 06/17/2013

We're happy to help! You've got a great work going, Irene!

3 Mark94

Client Served

Rating: 5

Activated Ministries made it possible for 14,157 underprivileged children in India to receive quality educational books through our unique program called Values in Education. It has empowered 37 institutions with 58 libraries of relatable and effective teaching tools along with curriculums focused on character and holistic based education.

The vision of Activated Ministries made us feel encouraged and supported, like they understood our needs and cared about the cause. The interaction we experienced was a blend of flexibility and professionalism, as they were willing to factor in the realities and limitations we faced on the ground level, while guiding us in best practices and expectations of good quality project building. Values in Education could not have made the impact documented to-date without the sponsorship and encouragement of Activated Ministries.

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thack 06/17/2013

Keep up the good work, Mark! We're proud to be a part of VIE's program.

3 Carina H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As I complete my 300 hours of field experience in Early Childhood Education and prepare for my final examinations I can’t help but thank God and Activated Ministries for making my educational dream and journey a reality. May my work with children be a testament to their investment. Thank You! -- Carina Hanson, Liberty Hill Texas

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thack 06/17/2013

You are very welcome, Carina! Our investment in your future ministry is our pleasure.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Activated Ministries recently donated books, backpacks and school supplies to our preschool that serves low income children in Mexico. They also brought clothing and shoes - many of the kids who come to our day care live in extreme poverty and all of these items are so very appreciated. The Activated Ministries Staff are wonderful, caring individuals - I'm so happy to count them as my friends, and especially grateful for all they have done to change our part of the world.

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thack 06/17/2013

We're happy we can help you make a difference in these children's lives! Keep up the good work!

2 Josef B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We at Family Care Ministries are very grateful for the professional and efficient assistants we received from ACTIVATED MINISTRIES. We started youth clubs in all major cities in Malawi and were in great need for educational and motivational material and they filled this need.
What I like about ACTIVATED MINISTRIES. They are prompt and personal in their communication and efficient in the delivery of the material. Our non-profit would not have been able to equip the youth without the assistance of ACTIVATED MINISTRIES. A job well done. Josef Bitschnau, Chairman

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thack 06/17/2013

You've got a good thing going! We're proud to be a part of it!

2 Guetta D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Activated Ministries Scholarship Tuition program helped me get started studying, it means so much to have the support of organizations like you who make the road a bit lighter.
Thanks to this program I will have a university degree in 2015, most of my first year´s tuition was sponsored by Activated Ministries, not only that but the very helpful volunteers and or secretary with whom I communicated went to extremes in helping me get the needed paperwork and information translated and forward from abroad.
You have made a huge difference in my life, I am eternally grateful to you. I hope to one day be able to help you pass it on to other students.
Sincerely,
David Grupp Mayo

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without the sponsorship and efficiency of Activated Ministries, our non-profit could not have made the impact and needed changes in the remote villages and schools near Santana, Peru. "World Famiiy Missions" 501-(c)3, from Texas, has been volunteering in Santana the last five years, to build a mission center that provides job and vocational skills training for adults. Mothers were always primarily concerned for the education of their disadvantaged children, so to win the hearts and confidence of these remote and needy people, we distributed character-building materials from Activated for every school in the surrounding area. It was the generous help of these life-changing materials from Activated that won the entire area. The children's books are absolutely the best. We have never found better. Now we are well-known for these beautiful materials and welcomed back every year. Thus a huge Thank You to Activated Ministries for the production, sponsorship and mailing of their publications to Peru the last three years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When the need is so great and the amount of kids many --that fill the hall at a program in a remote area in Africa, --its great to have a mission that dedicates their time to support you. I have had the privilege of donating thousands of teaching aids and school materials sponsored by Activated Ministries in the last years, and it has made a bigger impact on the volunteer projects I have partaken in... Keep up the good work, the next project is just around the corner!

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My experience with Activated Ministries has been very positive. For over ten years our volunteers have been active in Warn Torn countries in Africa. Our hope has been to support children in crisis with character building products and motivational teaching aids. Activated played a big role in sponsoring a large amount of books/teaching aids with value that have been viewed by thousands of children. Most of these kids never had a book of their own---now they do. We hope that Activated Ministries will continue to receive in abundance and thus continue to support us in our mission. Once again, a heartfelt thank you!

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thack 01/25/2013

We are happy to help! God bless and keep up the good work, Matt.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Another successful project completed thanks to Activated Ministries!

Getting books and teaching materials to our staff in troubled East DRC is one of our biggest challenges and the need is so great. Activated Ministries far exceeded our expectations by not only agreeing to sponsor the needed French publications for our 12 month outreach and teaching program, but agreed to sponsor the costs of getting the books there--a greater cost than the materials themselves! Tx guys, couldn't have done it without your generous support!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our non-profit has had the priviledge of collaborating with Activated Ministries on outreach projects in South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Uganda, DRC, Malawi and Zimbabwe. I have always found them prompt, professional, interested and generous in their interactions and support. A few hightlights of our work with Activated Ministries: In 2010 they sponsored the magazines we needed for our country-wide youth outreach program for World Cup 2010. They sent representatives to work along side and report back in order to gain a first-hand perspective of the impact of their grant, as well as future needs here on the ground. Throughout 2011 and 2012 they have enabled us to supply a growing youth ministry in Malawi with thousands of dollars worth of books and Bible study materials for their students. For Christmas 2011 they supported our Give a Book initiative, helping us provide story books and audio books to schools for autistic and impaired learners. We look forward to partnering on other life-changing programs going forward!

2 Jeff38

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Healing Hearts Balkans charity has had a long-running positive relationship with Activated Ministries. They have twice given generous grants to sponsor our character-building curriculum book printing so we can donate this excellent material free of charge to needy elementary schools and kindergartens in Serbia and Kosovo.

The staff of Activated Ministries have always been very professional in their dealings with our charity, and we appreciate very much all they do in both the printing of top quality children's material themselves, and sponsoring many wonderful charitable organisations around the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The folks at Activated Ministries helped us in 2010 with very generous sponsorship towards the cost of printing character-building material for kindergarten and school-aged children which we could distribute freely here in our area of former Yugoslavia that has suffered greatly due to war and sanctions. Then in 2011 they again generously sponsored the follow-up printing of the second set of books. This material has helped literally tens of thousands of needy children, and without the help of Activated Ministries, it would not have been possible. The communications with their staff was friendly and easy, and the grant process and reporting not at all complicated. We consider AM a very professional and beneficial charity.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been working in Africa since 1995, mainly with underprivileged children's projects. It can be difficult to get support but Activated Ministries has come to the rescue twice now by happily supplying materials & finances to help get out job done. Without organisations such as this one who reach out to help others the world would be a much darker place - A BIG thank you to all at Activated for your selfless efforts to reach out to others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would like to thank Activated Ministries for their help towards our Kidz camp in South Africa for underprivileged children, their kindness & consideration made this project really special. They helped us with costs towards transport, activiities as well as some of their wonderful story books to share with the children attending. Every interaction with them was such a sample of concern & patience. THANK YOU & keep up the good work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was awarded a scholarship from Activated Ministries last year.
I live in Bogota, Colombia and I'm studying Business Administration at Universidad Militar.
This is just a short write up to say thanks to Activated Ministries, which paid my last tuition, and also to the donors who made it possible.

A heartfelt thanks to all of you.
Victoria Sharp

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me out with a scholarship, I applied and a few months later i was granted it, it so cool, specially when you really need it.(My parents were missionaries for more than 20 yrs in south america) It's a scholarship for missionary children.

2 Daniel32

Client Served

Rating: 5

This year I have had the distinct pleasure of being awarded a second IROS Scholarship offered by Activated Ministries. This scholarship is offered to current or former missionaries and their children. My parents have been missionaries in Asia for over 30 years and they now have 3 kids in university, so this scholarship has certainly been a benefit.
As a busy 4+1 student (5-year bachelor and masters program) in a foreign country, funding your own studies can be a bit stressful, so I'm very pleased to have learned of this scholarship, and grateful to have been accepted as a recipient. The process was simple and straightforward and the feedback was timely. From my experience they are a really awesome organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In early 2012 I applied for Activated Ministries' IROS scholarship. I was very grateful to have been accepted a couple months later. I grew up in a missionary family and my parents have been doing this work for over 30 years. 3 years ago I started my undergraduate in Journalism and now I am transitioning to a masters in International Relations. This scholarship is going to be a big help as I start a more grueling coursework and will enable me to focus more on my studies and be under less financial pressure. The application process was smooth and easy and the service was excellent. I want to say a big thank you to all those involved in this project. Thank you for all of your help around the world, and thanks for caring enough for students to help lighten their load. I hope one day to be able to pay back your generosity. :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I recently purchased some items for my 5 year old from your website and thought I'd leave a review here.

The 5 Minutes Bible Devotional for Kids: These are great. My son sits down long enough to get through one or two. They're age appropriate and do a great job at teaching basic Christian values and morals, which is what I was looking for.

Insects Galore Books: This was a miss. My son lost interest. They looked like fun, but they weren't action packed enough and, well, he got bored. Not bad books, but not very captivating.

Big Thoughts for Little Minds: A+ on this series. Again, easy for him to understand and fun art.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated my car last month and wanted to commend this charity for their excellent car donation service. I donated my motorcycle to another charity several years ago and had no end of trouble, from a tow agent who cancelled several times to the tax paperwork taking forever to get to me. Not so with Activated Ministries. The person on the other end of the phone was sharp and answered all my deduction questions professionally and (more importantly) accurately. They got someone out there to pickup my car within 2 days and even had all the tax paperwork and receipts to me before the end of the year so I didn't have to worry about whether or not my donation would fall in the 2012 tax year. Great job! Will be recommending you to my friends.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son and I got some shoes and pants that you gave away to Brother Bennos recently. Thank you. It meant a lot to us to get new shoes and some warm clothing. God bless you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This Christmas 2012, Activated Ministries is providing toys, backpacks, coloring books, art supplies, and reading books for our Day Care center for children from struggling, low income families. We are extremely grateful for their support of our project! I also personally know many of their staff and volunteers and they are extremely dedicated, hard working, caring individuals dedicated to making the world a better place for those less fortunate.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I've had some good friends who have worked at Activated Ministries over the years and I have participated in some of their volunteer programs from time to time. I have gotten their monthly newsletters and have even stopped in to say hello when in town on business. Based on my observations of their daily operations and conversations I have had with staff and management, I have a fairly good knowledge of what they do, how they are set up and the way they operate, I have been very impressed with their level of professionalism and dedication to their mission. If you want to know more about the organization, sign up for their monthly newsletters or check them out online at www.activatedministries.org, or Guidestar to see their financial information. I am giving them 4 stars because no organization is perfect, but all in all, I recommend this organization as one of the better ones out there.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At Christmas time, our project that helps make Christmas special for kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to get a gift or enjoy a nice Christmas meal. For many years Activated Ministries has helped our project with donated toys, food, clothing, backpacks and school supplies. To these children, Activated Ministries is a true Christmas Angel!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with a homeless shelter in Southern California, and Activated Ministries has worked with us to help provide needed shoes and clothing for the clients we serve. Everyone I have met at Activated Ministries is a wonderful person who has devoted their lives to helping others. They are genuine Christians who live their lives by the Golden Rule, and who follow Jesus as what they "do unto the least of these" they have truly "done it unto Him"!

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thack 01/25/2013

God bless you for your effort, James. We feel privileged to be able play a part in the ministries your provide.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I advise individuals to stay away from this organization. Activated Ministries is part of the infamous religious sect ‘The Children of God’, nowadays under ‘The Family’ or ‘TFI’ . They ‘use’ these legal frames to acquire ‘provisioned goods’ which they use for their own members as part of their gypsy life style. Their contribution to society is flimsy, if relevant, only living for the present and with low or not concern for the issues of society at large. Few members remain in some city centers of most emerging countries, -it is easier to get donations channeled there- but they high style of living certainly does not go with their hypocritical missionary white-wash. Two people are responsible, Karen Zerby and Steven D. Kelly, which have used their dictatorial and theocratic regime for a long time to entice people to pay their tithe, to them, -by the way, they have changed names again, meet Katherine Rianna Smith and Christopher Smith- trying to live again a secret life.
I’d like to caution organizations, communities and legal institutions to put in place roadblocks to this type of deceitfulness and invest instead in local communities and in decent charities with four starts. Charity Navigator should investigate claims. Much information available is with anti-sect groups and internet. You could find the truth about ‘Activated Ministries’ here in this page. http://www.exfamily.org/the-family/3.0.history-of-the-family.shtml

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a missionary for years and now that I am studying to become a teacher IROS Scholarship program has made a big difference in financing my studies. I was able to get a loan for the first courses, then IROS Scholarship helped me cover the costs for the next course and I am able to continue my studies . My goal is to graduate as a teacher so I can help underprivileged children in their studies and thus have a better future. I want to give children at risk the chance to overcome the obstacles they face for a better life

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thack 01/25/2013

Sounds like you've got a great goal, Gloria, and we are happy we can be a part of making that happen.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked as an educator and special humanitarian project supervisor overseas, in Africa and Europe, I was looking for a scholarship to help my son be able to continue his College education and obtain his degree in writing and filmmaking. We applied for the Activated Ministries scholarship last semester, during a particularly difficult time and IROS came through, meeting even above our expectations. We are impressed with their friendly and professional manner, organization and courtesy. We can't say enough good about AM.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I heard about Activated Ministries about 3 years ago, when I was looking for a sponsor for a project that I've been involved with in Mexico. Every year for Children's Day, I like to travel to Mexico (from my home in Texas), and make Children's Day special for children who live in poverty. Kids are my passion - and I always think that you never know how far an investment in a child will go! Activated Ministries sponsored some really great children's books that we were able to donate to children in 3 public schools in very poor neighborhoods. For many, it was the first time they had a book of their own that they could take home with them! It was very rewarding to see their eyes light up and know how special this moment was for each one.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My name is Susan Tidewell, and I have donated to Activated Ministries regularly over the years. I receive their monthly Newsletter, and I'm always amazed with the tremendous work that Activated Ministries is accomplishing around the world. I am specifically interested in helping missions in Africa - and this charity is doing accomplishing so much in helping orphans, AIDS victims, former child soldiers, children in need of school books and uniforms. Plus they are very active in preaching the gospel - God's Word that truly changes lives!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Activated Ministries, I was able to receive my first IROS scholarship towards my nursing degree. With their help, I am now enrolled in my 3rd semester at Orange County Community college (I was also placed on their Spring 2012 Dean's List) and will be entering the nursing program this coming year. I am very grateful for the help and support they have given towards my life's career that will help support my family and many others in the years to come. I highly recommend their non-profit organization to anyone interested in supporting a great work! --Promesa Primus

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thack 01/25/2013

You're welcome, Promesa. Sounds like you've got a great thing going. Keep it up.

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Advisor

Rating: 1

The infamous sect of ‘The Children of God’ –aka ‘The Family International’, - needed a front, in fact many fronts. Activated Ministries is just one of them, and although uses the excuse of being a book and DVDs wholesale, they barely assist only their own members in other parts of the world, while maintaining a deceitful cover-up. A clear infringement of charitable ethics. In regards of book donations, compare ‘Activated Ministries’ with institutions fully dedicated to eradicate illiteracy and to help poor children to fashion love for books like ‘Books for Africa’ or ‘Room to Read’. While the last ones uphold four stars here at the Charity Navigator, ‘Activated Ministries’ artificially ‘produces’ just one star.
Mentioning books, someone came to the rescue of AM, introducing herself as director of ‘Sponsor a Book’. Again, The Children of God’s tactic, where the front is used to simply ‘provide’ a good face, while no much gets done. If someone wishes to support a truly charitable institution to enhance education in Mexico, they can turn for ‘Worldfund’, for example, which uses education to fight poverty in Latin America and cooperates with ‘Becalos’ and other local foundations. So again, whereas ‘Activated Ministries’ –‘Sponsor a Book’ and their other different branches- hold a charitable certificate, they request help for their own, thus trying to preserve a life style that at the end contributes poorly to the charitable community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

Hi my name is Daniella Bergner and I was born in Hungary. We have been doing volunteer work my whole life and I have travelled and helped in different countries alongside my parents as I was growing up. I am very, very thankful to Activated Ministries for helping me with my university tuition. Thank you so much for paying the first semester! You make it all possible for me to keep studying languages on a higher level and I know it will be a help to others as well in the long run! Thank You!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the founder and general director of a non-profit in Mexico, called "Sponsor a Book". One of our mission goals is the fostering of values through the promotion of reading and the free distribution of educational material in marginalized neighborhoods in Mexico and Central America. A friend who had benefited from Activated Ministries's support suggested that I contact them. The result: over the past 5 years, Activated Ministries has actively supported our work through donating literally tens of thousands of beautiful children's literature and children's activities books. To date, we have distributed, free of charge, to tens of thousands of poor children who, for the most part, had never owned a book, over 130,000 books fostering values. Many of these were sponsored by Activated Ministries. We wouldn't have been able to impact so many needy communities without their help, and are extremely thankful for their support!!! They are a charity well-worth endorsing!