I applied for a scholarship towards my degree in International Development with Activated Ministries in March 2012. I found their website extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate. In my interactions with them as they guided me through the application process and subsequent approval of my scholarship, their staff were always extremely professional, courteous and prompt in answering emails. I really appreciated the help towards my tuition fees through the scholarship, and I have since recommended them to several of my friends.
I received a scholarship grant in 2011, which was a tremendous help toward starting college. Great work guys, keep it up!
My name is JIn Kato. I am a Project Director for A.N.T. Relief Network (ainote.jp.fm) and a founding member of the Tohoku Relief Mission. From the beginning of April, 2011, through July 2012 we coordinated more than 30 trips bringing relief supplies and volunteers in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. (see tohokutrip.blogspot.com) While our work was originally supported by a network of personal friends, as time went on, projects grew larger, and more volunteers interested in helping came forward, we needed financial support to continue the relief effort. A friend who was involved in mission work overseas suggested we ask Activated Ministries for help. I have to say, the were a Godsend! Because of their support, we were able continue our relief work, and then move on to supporting the reconstruction towards the latter half of 2012. I was especially impressed with the promptness of their replies. They were very easy to work with and understanding of our situation, and continue to support our ongoing projects. I can honestly say that we could not have continued this far without their help.
I hereby extend my thanks to the "Scholarship Institute” for the opportunity you have given me and the means to continue my studies through a scholarship that I have provided. I also express thanks to this scholarship not only will I continue my studies more easily, but it will also give me the opportunity to obtain books and supplies needed to delve much more effective on the career I'm studying. Once again thank you for this invaluable assistance, keeping it always in mind.
My Name is Jonah Bishop, I've been a Mission Project coordinator for the last 10 years in the Philippines, several years ago someone suggested I approach Activated Ministries USA for sponsorship of Educational Curricula and Character Building Materials in order to donate them to very poor schools in some of our outreach areas. Since that time Activated Ministries has granted each of several requests in full, sponsoring materials reaching thousands of children. I have been very impressed with the speed in which this organization has responded in answer to our missions requests, as well as the simplicity of the requirements which are needed. I pray that Activated Ministries will continue to be able to raise sufficient funding to participate in helping those in need around the world
My name is Shelly Guild. I am one among countless others whose future has been changed forever by Activated Ministries. After more than a decade spent as a missionary in Indonesia and then 4 years in Mexico, God showed me to go back to school. I'm a wife and a mother of 3, with a full time job and goals for my kids' future. There was no practical way for me to fund my education. Activated Ministries has an incredible scholarship program for people like me, called In Recognition of Service. AM generously granted me my first scholarship and my life will never be the same. I plan to continue my education towards a degree in nursing and use that to serve others, as Activated Ministries has served me.
My name is Krisztián Buncic, I'm 18 years old and grew up in Hungary, Eastern Europe. My parents have raised me while doing volunteer work throughout my whole life. I just finished high school and received my diploma. I would like to express my gratitude to all those working on this project! I'm so thankful that I got this sponsorship opportunity from the Activated Ministries. It is a tremendous help that they made it possible for me to continue studying - at the University of Medicine in Budapest. Winning the scholarship with AM has enabled me to continue my dreams and do what I have been doing my whole life, helping others. Thank you AM for Your help, and paying for my first Semester! I know it will pay off one day! :)
We have been working full time as a volunteer counsellors to seafarers visiting ports in Australia. For many years, Activated Ministries have assisted with generous sponsorship of inspirational books and magazines which have inspired the faith of many seafarers. Some of the major issues faced by crew members are isolation while spending months and sometimes years away from friends and family, stress relating to the changing conditions of the industry, and depression. The counselling we provide is vital to the physical and mental health of the seafarers we meet on a daily basis. The reading materials sponsored by Activated Ministries have been an integral part of our Port Welfare Ministry.
I am so grateful to have been a beneficiary of Activated Ministries projects -- their educational grants. With their assistance I was able to work through three semesters worth of university study and earned a place on the Deans List of my college. Thank you for making my dream a reality.
My name is Mark Hanson, I have been living in India for the last 16 years and have been involved in a great deal of humanitarian work. Activated has come forward to partner my wife and I on a very exciting project called Values in Education. We have been able to reach over 10,000 children with educational books due to their patronage. I feel this charity is making a great impact and affecting a lot of positive change.
My name is Abner Olivieri and I have worked as a volunteer worker in Thailand, helping with a variety of programs, most of which were related to helping children. Activated Ministries helped with sponsorship for our English incentive educational programs in schools here, as well as our hospital visitation program. I find Activated Ministries an exceptional organization that is motivated by sincere desire to both help people, and help projects that can have an impact. Me and my co-workers are very thankful for the help they have provided for our projects, and can see ourselves working together with Activated Ministries for years to come.
By Govorukha Nataliya, Ukraine.
I want to thank the Activated Ministries hundreds of times!
They make such a difference in the people’s lives!
I know it, because they helped me (by paying for my studies in 2011 - 2013).
With the scholarship from Activated Ministries I got an opportunity to
continue my studies for two years. I will receive my Bachelor’s Degree
in Russian. I am studying Philology and it is fascinating.
Now I know Russian, English and Bosnian. After I get the Diploma I
could teach Russian on any level: private lessons, in kindergartens,
in schools, in high schools, in even in colleges. Studying at Kharkov
National University is a privilege for me that I wouldn’t have without
Activated Ministry support.
Also being a student of the University I got invited to lead the
English speaking club, where I teach motivational classes, to remind
people of life’s true values, to uplift the moral principals, to
encourage youth to have right goals in life.
Also I have numerous possibilities to meet variety of students who
could volunteer in different projects that I participate in or
organize. There is Art-therapy for orphan teenagers and Drama therapy
for the handicapped children.
I am grateful for all this events that happened and doors that opened
because of my studies at the University. I am also very thankful for
all the new people I met and new friends I made, because of the
finances that was sent by Activated Ministries to cover my 2 years
I believe that Activated Ministry’s acts of kindness help to change
the World for the better.
My name is Daniel McNally and I been serving as a missionary in Taiwan for 25 years. Thank you Activated Ministries for your generous support to our ministry here for the last 8 years by donating literally thousands of "Activated" magazines, Gospel CDs, Books and Christian literature for our regular Hospital visitation projects. AM has also sponsored books and educational materials to a local orphanage here, which was extremely appreciative. Each time we requested assistance, they were very efficient, even expediting requests speedily in order to supply the materials on time for our events.
I received a scholarship after serving on the mission field for three years. The scholarship was just what I needed and right on time. I am honored that Activated Ministries thought enough of my service that they contributed $1,000.00 to my educational needs. Thank you so much!
I am working in Thailand and have heard of Activated Ministries through another NGO.
I contacted them and applied for some funding of some projects which I do with some others in remote areas in Thailand. I found Activated Ministries certainly has proven to be a very efficient and capable Charity, which has helped jumpstart projects in helping those less fortunate in the Kingdom of Thailand.
Our team has worked to help schools in the northern region of Thailand for the past six years. Over the years we have been able to distribute sponsored educational materials, clothes, toys, and also meet more specific needs presented by schools - from books, teaching computer maintenance to water filtration systems. We have received countless heartfelt responses, and I would like to personally thank Activated Ministries for the enormous part they play in making our work possible. In the 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. Caring is more than just experiencing a heartfelt emotion. Unless it is followed up with loving action, it's meaningless. I feel it is so important to leave these children and parents with something that carries a message of hope and happiness. At the end of the day, after all is said and done, the reality that cannot be refuted is the fact that those children certainly have cherished the support Activated Ministries has extended, and have given them hope that someone cares. It’s what we do that counts. I know people who are big talkers but never take action. On the other hand I know people who don’t say much at all but just get things done, like Activated Ministries.
Great organisation, that really helps people in so many counties. My family and i have benefited from this charity in getting back on our feet. I am personally so grateful for their help.
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.
Arriba las Manos is a registered nonprofit in Colombia that works to offer children growing up in impoverished neighborhoods on the island of Baru to have access to a better education and a foundation in essential values. Activated Ministries has been very generous in supporting our efforts through a donation of their high-quality books and audiovisual material for use in local schools. Additionally they sent a partial scholarship to one of our team members. Thank you.
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.
Thanks to Activated Ministries our Youth Center in Taiwan was able to purchase much needed motivational books for our library. It was very easy to communicate with their staff, and their desire to help the missionaries on the field to have the greatest impact is really admirable. Motivational books and personal development programs are a very important first step towards spiritual Christian values. And Activated Ministries have provided that needed help to purchase the books that will continue to be an asset in bringing the youth of Taiwan to the knowledge of the Lord and His Word.
Great group of people, very knowledgeable and just really nice Christians to talk to. I bought a magazine as a recommendation from a friend and really enjoyed it. When I have some money saved I want to support their scholarship program. As far as the question: "did they use my time wisely", I think the question should be "did I use their time wisely" lol! They were kind enough to take their time and answer all my questions. Blessings.
Review from CharityNavigator
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
Review from Guidestar