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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.

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16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

1 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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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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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.

1 Josef B.

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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 GoSteelers

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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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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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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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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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Rating: 5

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.

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Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

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Rating: 1

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

In 1972, when I was 16, I was deceived and manipulated into joining the cult, the Children of God, which later became known as The Family International. In 1991, I escaped the group while living in Japan, returned to Canada and went on to earn a law degree. I am now a lawyer and a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. Activated Ministries is a front group to disguise the immoral, unethical and illegal activities of The Family International. I once lived with Activated Ministries CEO, Thomas Hack, in Japan, not long before I escaped that group. My personal experience with him was that he was a typically abusive and manipulative leader of The Family International. He played a direct role in abusing me personally and causing psychological harm that I still feel the effects of.

The group's mission statement claims that it helps improve the lives of those less fortunate, but that is a deception. Based on my own experiences, I can tell you that the group skims the best of donated goods for their own use, committing charity fraud where ever it operates. The group also forges legal documents such as passports and university degrees, financially and spiritually exploits their own children, indoctrinates and denies them their basic human rights, deceives outsiders as to their true intentions, illegally proselytizes in countries where that is illegal, and engages in many other unethical behaviours. The group's misleading mission statement does not reveal that a great many families have been broken and many lives ruined by involvement with this organization. Do not donate to this group. Your money will not be received by or used to help those who are most needy, but will be used to deceive and harm many more people. For more information or contact info google my name, Perry Bulwer

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