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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

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

2 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.

2 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!

1 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!

1 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.

1 Matt31

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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!

1 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!

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

Review from Guidestar

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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. :)

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.

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!