"Bring up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
Pictures of the first Icthus Group in Guatemala in 1964
HAPPY ICTHUS ANNIVERSARY!
We’re celebrating what the Lord has done for 53 years through Icthus.
It all started on July 20, 1964 when a missionary encouraged a college student to start a club for the kids. The missionary was John Shackelford, director of Monte Sion Christian Camp in Guatemala. The student was Don Weisbrod on a 6-week mission trip to Guatemala from San Diego First Presbyterian Church.
It’s amazing what the Lord did through them, others, and supportive Icthus Friends. It’s the story of how God takes our talents and multiplies them beyond imagination. Through the years, together we developed the Icthus programs which we implement through churches – a complete 13-year program of weekly activities for young people ages 4 to 17 and parents.
See More about the Present and Future
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Maria Rosario Millares, who helps her husband pastor the Living Love church in Cholutca, Honduras just completed her first Icthus training.
She said, “This is just what we were praying for. We didn’t have dynamic or innovative things to do with our kids that would reinforce the Word of God in their hearts. But now we
do. And we can reach more kids in this city.
“Satan fights to damage, trap and get kids away from church. But, with attractive strategies, like the ones Icthus uses, we can transform the lives of our kids, and also support the transformation of our society. We believe it will be so!”
HOW ICTHUS STARTED
See pictures and discover how Icthus began. Clicking here.
To see what Icthus is doing today check out the rest of our website.
It was 1964.
I was 21 years old with just a smattering of Spanish when I began to develop the first Icthus group in the small town of El Progreso, Guatemala. One thing I wanted was for the kids to
have a camp experience. No one could afford a tent and probably none existed in town... continue...
John Shackelford, mentor, co-founder and long-time supporter of Icthus went to be with the Lord on Saturday March 29th, 2014.
God used John to challenge Don Weisbrod to start the Icthus ministry in 1964. Over the years he has played a crucial role in Icthus and mentoring many Icthus leaders from Latin America. John was also a pioneer of Christian camps in Latin America. Not only did John found a Christian camp and program model in Guatemala that helped to start similar programs in other countries. Because of his strong belief in camping to help children grow spiritually, memorial gifts given in John's memory will be used to provide camperships for poorer Icthus children.
Click Here for pictures and testimonies on John.
Click here to see what John and Don Weisbbrod said about starting Icthus
The ministry of Icthus depends on a many people who donate their time, resources and ideas because they believe in the power ministry to young poeple.
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