Equipping Young People for Christian Service and Leadership
Equipping Young People for Christian Service and Leadership


"Bring up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it."  Proverbs 22:6

Icthus is a life changing ministry for young people.  It is a club-like program which builds Christian character and promotes active learning among children and youth in Latin America and beyond!



What was the best Christmas present you received as a child?   For me it was a shiny RED WAGON when I was only five!  I hope you have a similar memory.


That wagon isn’t shiny anymore and it’s long gone.  The thing that lives on is the memory ...  click here to read the rest


One day, Samuel received a request from Pastor Ovegero.  Could Samuel go to La Paz in the Department of Cansare to help the El Alfarero (The Potter) Church start Icthus?  One problem though, is that La Paz is very far away from where Samuel lives in Monteria.... rest of the story


ABOVE:  Samuel Ramos, Colombia

Icthus Director and his wife Saray


Click the link below to view the Icthus brochure - Information Sheet.  You can download it and print double sided in landscape to share this ministry with others.  Icthus Brochure.

Icthus Camping

Each year I encourage Icthus Friends to join me in giving camperships. It makes a huge impact in the lives of young people.  Our national leaders do such a wonderful job organizing camps that help young people to grow physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.  ...See more...


Who works behind-the-scenes to train Icthus guides?  Who prepares those who work with the young people every week to guide them?  


Click here to find out.

Starting Icthus in New Churches

Maria Rosario from Honduras

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!”

Celebrating Our 52nd Birthday

In many places Icthus groups in Latin America and also here in the US celebrated the 52nd Anniversary of Icthus with cakes, campfires, singing, games and stories.  Here are pictures of groups in Chile, Mexico, and Nicaragua.  Click on a picture to start the slide show.

Geannina and her children after an Icthus ceremony in Costa Rica.



When Geannina Briancesco was a little girl she joined an Icthus group in San Jose, Costa Rica – that was 24 years ago.  She enjoyed the weekly meetings, camps and service projects, and loved her Icthus guides.  In a letter, she wrote, “I have so many wonderful memories.  


Imagine her joy when her children were able to join Icthus to...  (see the rest of this story)

Pat Rickon center with Chileans Deysi Cuevas and Sandra Fritz (L to R) Deysi started icthus in Chile. Spring 2014



It was just three weeks ago that I visited with Pat Rickon at the 50th celebration at the San Diego First Presbyterian Church (see below).   She was so full of enthusiasm for Icthus, just as she has been for more than 30 years...


read more by clicking here


50th Celebration at the San Diego First Presbyterian Church

by Don Weisbrod


The celebration at Frist Presbyterian in San Diego on September 13 and 14 was a wonderful event.  Pastor Jerry Andrews had me share at three services, the adult Sunday school class, and a luncheon... 


click here to read more and see pictures

Early Icthus Kids wearing the first Icthus uniform. Guatemala 1965



See pictures and discover how Icthus began.  Clicking here.


To see what Icthus is doing today check out the rest of our website.

The first Icthus Camp

Plan for an early Icthus tent

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...

In Memory of John Shackelford

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 50 years ago.  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


To give a memorial gift in honor John and his legacy of helping children click below: 



Enable Children to experience Icthus for the first time!


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.


Click to learn about creative ideas for being invoved and helping more children have.


Gifts to Icthus are tax deductible according to IRS regulations. We are members of and subscribe to the high standards of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.


P.O. Box  306 CA 92609     Telephone: (626)222-2167   
Email: Don@IcthusKids.org


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