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.
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!
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"!
God bless you for your effort, James. We feel privileged to be able play a part in the ministries your provide.
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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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
Sounds like you've got a great goal, Gloria, and we are happy we can be a part of making that happen.
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.
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.
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!
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
You're welcome, Promesa. Sounds like you've got a great thing going. Keep it up.
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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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!
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!
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.