Below you’ll find a list of some of Activated magazine’s regular contributors; by clicking on an author’s name you’ll be able to view all the articles published in Activated by that individual.
Andrew Mateyak, born of missionary parents, is a fulltime volunteer missionary in Cagayan de Oro City in the Philippines. He is a member of the Family International. Together with his wife Melody, he teaches Sunday school classes and is involved with various charity and social projects. To learn more about some of the latest projects they’ve been involved in, check out “Activated CDO” on Facebook.
Anita Healey worked in Nepal for 10 years as an English teacher for underprivileged children. She currently lives in Florida where she is a production assistant for a Christian filmmaker.
Bonita Hele lived in India for 12 years where she was involved in social work and Christian counseling. She returned to California in 2010 with her husband, Solomon, and three young children. She is now studying and working as a freelance writer and editor.
Curtis Peter van Gorder is a 60 year young American who married a Dutch woman (Pauline) 37 years back. He has 12 grandkids. He is an effusive writer for magazines and short stories. He is also the director of Elixir Mime--workshops and theater for the deaf; the director of Elixir Scripts--producing inspirational screenplays; a motivational writer and speaker for the MOVE program; and a puppeteer and professional mime and animator for the event company Party Pixie. He lives in Mumbai, India.
David Bolick was born in the US and since 1974 has been living in a variety of Latin American countries, working as a volunteer missionary, as well as a translator, English professor, and freelance writer. An amateur runner since 1991, with several marathons and trail races under his belt, he finds inspiration in the endurance sport. He has three daughters, four grandchildren, and presently resides in Guadalajara, Mexico, with his Portuguese wife Aldina. David is also a medical tourism facilitator and co-founder of MediTravel Solutions.
Derek and Michelle Brookes are professional educators and writers, who have been happily married and working together for 39 years. After several years as successful teachers, they have spent the last three decades as Christian educators and educational consultants. Their lifelong ambition to provide quality care and education to all children has taken them to four continents, and brought practical help and encouragement to many who face the great responsibility of caring for and educating children.
Born in the Netherlands, Dina Ellens has experienced a variety of cross cultural settings ranging from the USA, where she was educated, to Asia. She taught school in Southeast Asia for more than 25 years and is now retired. Dina remains active in volunteer work as well as pursuing her interests in early childhood education and writing.
Gabriel García V. (also credited as Gabriel Sarmiento) is the editor of Conéctate, the Spanish edition of Activated. He is a translator, interpreter, writer and poet, and has lived on three continents as a volunteer missionary with the Family International.
Iris Richard is a mother of seven children (14-36 years old) and grandmother of six. She and her husband live in Kenya where they have been involved in missionary work and humanitarian aid projects for the last 17 years. Iris is a nurse and counselor. She is currently writing her memoirs, which will document her experiences of the last 30 years of volunteer work in Asia and Africa.
Janet Barcelo (with articles also published under the pen name Janet Barnes), has been a volunteer educator and mission worker for the past 25 years in countries as diverse as Japan, Argentina, India and Romania. She currently lives in the U.S., where she is raising the youngest of her nine children and regularly participates in charity and social work.
Jorge Solá, originally from Barcelona, Spain, is a father of nine and a translator. He works on the Spanish edition of Activated magazine and collaborates with the international publishing house Aurora Production. He lives in Cartagena, Colombia, where he is on the board of Arriba las Manos, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education in coastal communities and promoting personal development programs for disadvantaged children that explore fundamental Christian values through interactive workshops.
Joyce Suttin is an educator, writer, and frequent contributor to Activated magazine. She lives in San Antonio Texas with her husband and has an on-line ministry excerpting, editing, and writing inspirational material.
Juliana Connolly lives in Austin, Texas, and is a research and production consultant for the Family International.
Keith Philips was Activated’s editor-in-chief for 14 years from 1999 to 2013. He and his wife Caryn now work with the homeless in the U.S.
Maria Fontaine is the spiritual and administrative co-director (along with her husband, Peter Amsterdam) of the Family International, a Christian community of faith dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. She is the author of numerous articles on the Christian faith life.
Marie Boisjoly is French Canadian and has been involved in Christian community services for 34 years. She is currently living in Mexico with her husband. She is a laughter therapist and director of “Coloreando el Mundo” (Coloring the World), an interactive clown and puppet show. She is also a distributor of educational and motivational products.
Marie Story (also credited as Marie Péloquin) lives in San Antonio, Texas, where she works as a freelance illustrator and volunteers as a counselor at a local homeless shelter.
Natalia Nazarova (also credited as Natalia Prokhatska) is an English teacher from Ukraine. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and homeschools her seven children together with her Polish husband, Adam. Natalia is also a professional translator and tour guide for TravelMark tourist agency.
Phillip Lynch is an expat New Zealand writer living in Atlantic Canada. He has also authored several books and articles under the pen name Scott MacGregor.
Rosane Pereira is Brazilian and has been a career missionary together with her late husband, Carlos Cordoba, since 1975. She has eight children and five grandchildren. Rosane is an English and Spanish teacher, translator, and writer. She has authored a book on faith titled: Proofs of His Presence, and is currently writing a second book titled: An Eternal Apprentice. She is also a partner in a small business called Interconnect, that links translating and language learning with tourism and ecotourism in the Rio de Janeiro area.
Samuel Keating (also credited as Ronan Keane) is the executive editor of the Activated magazine. He and his wife, Sonia, live in Taipei, ROC, with their daughter, Audrey.
Uday Paul lives in Mumbai, India and teaches English and personality development courses. He’s currently involved in a project that teaches English to underprivileged teenagers in order to give them the best opportunity to succeed in life.
Victoria Olivetta is from Argentina. She is a mother of three and has three grandchildren. As a member of the Family International, she has spent the last 30 years devoted to serving others. She is a counselor for the terminally ill and those suffering depression. When time allows, Victoria also enjoys writing and translating.
Abi May is a freelance writer and educator in Great Britain, and also active as a volunteer in healthcare advocacy.
Akio Matsuoka has been a missionary and volunteer worker for the past 35 years, both in his native Japan and abroad. He lives in Tokyo.
Aleksandra Radmanovic is a mom, teacher, and life coach in Bucharest, Romania.
Ariana Andreassen (also credited as Ariana Keating) is a teacher and mother of two in Thailand.
Bethany Kelly manages productions and is the founder of Kelly Communications Inc. She lives in the U.S.
Bryan and Kristina Clark live in Guadalajara, Mexico, where Bryan works in the medical tourism industry.
Caryn Phillips does volunteer work with the homeless and others on the margins of society in the U.S.
Chalsey Dooley is a writer of inspirational material for children and caretakers, and a full-time edu-mom living in Australia.
Chris Hunt lives in Great Britain and has been reading Activated since it was first published in 1999.
Christina Andreassen (also credited as Tianna Andreassen) is a Norwegian humanitarian professional working in Asia and the Middle East.
David Brandt Berg (1919-1994) was the son of well-known American evangelist Virginia Brandt Berg. In 1968, David and his wife and teenage children pioneered a ministry to the counterculture youth of Huntington Beach, California. This ministry grew into an international Christian missionary movement known today as the Family International (TFI).
Dulcinea Fox is an Australian whose life has been dedicated to supporting charity and humanitarian efforts throughout China, Russia, India, Japan and Mexico.
Eldora Sichrovsky is a high school student; she lives with her family in southern Taiwan.
Elena Sichrovsky is an English language educator and missionary volunteer in Taiwan.
Elsa Sichrovsky is a high school student. She and her family are engaged in missionary work in Taiwan.
Evelyn Sichrovsky is an English major student. She is also involved in missionary volunteer work and lives with her family in Taiwan.
Jessie Richards had a role in the production of Activated from 2001 to 2012, and has written a number of articles as an Activated staff writer. She has also written and edited material for other Christian publications and websites.
Josie Clark is a blogger, mother and grandmother who is a frequent contributor to Activated.
Kevin Langam received a BA (hons) in psychotherapy and is now head therapist at an addiction center in England.
Li Shuping Sichrovsky is engaged in counseling and missionary work in Taiwan. She is also the mother of nine children.
Lilia Potters is a writer and editor who lives in the U.S. She has 6 grown children and 10 grandchildren, and is the caregiver of a 6-year old grandson who has high-functioning Autism.
Lily Neve is a full-time volunteer with the Family International in South Asia, where she has lived for over 16 years, working with disabled and disadvantaged children.
Misty Kay has authored numerous articles and several books. As both a cancer and fibromyalgia survivor, her writings bring encouragement and hope to others facing many of life’s challenges. Together with her husband and four children, Misty has been actively involved in volunteer work across Asia.
Richard Johnston is a writer and researcher with several articles featured in Activated.
Rose Conn is a project manager for web marketing and design, and a member of TFI in the U.S.
Sally Garcia is an educator, missionary, and member of the Family International in Chile.
Scott Montrose is a Scottish writer in his late fifties, who has articles published in several magazines. He has also written three books and several short stories. He is presently residing in the Mideast where he works with a local charitable society that he helped found.
Yvette Gladstone is a freelance writer, and a member of TFI living in Guerrero, Mexico.