Dear Icthus Friends,
Thank you so very much for your help in 2015. Your support, and the work of Icthus leaders in Latin America, made 2015 an incredible year of extending the Icthus ministry to more young people. Here are some highlights that you helped to make happen:
COLOMBIA: Our first Icthus Next country to use new and enhanced methods to reach more children. I visited there in August to work with the board and set up a regional team in Cordoba. Mateo Gonzalez visited in October to train the team in new methods of training. As a result they started 20 new Icthus groups reaching some 400 kids.
NICARAGUA: For years we had tried to interest churches there in starting Icthus. All of a sudden in 2015 the churches began opening their doors. As a result, 25 churches started Icthus. I visited there in May with Mateo Gonzalez and was surprised at the interest. Nicaragua is part of our Icthus Next project.
HONDURAS: I visited Honduras in June to work with Icthus leaders and their board. I planned with their board, a heard stories from a large group of alumnae, spoke at a banquet, and visited a number of groups. This solid program has been going for 35 years.
EL SALVADOR: There was a reawakening here in 2015. National leadership had faded over the years but one of the previous leaders, Obed Ayala, asked for help. We worked hard to promote Icthus. As a result Mateo Gonzales is there and is training guides from 15 churches that will start in February. El Salvador is rapidly becoming part of Icthus Next.
PECECITOS: A few days ago we completed a year-long project to completely rewrite and improve the Pececitos program for ages 4 to 6. This is a major improvement of our program for young children that helps to grow the roots of Christian character at a very receptive age.
LATIN AMERICA TEAM: Because of the support of Icthus friends like you, we were able to add 3 members to our Latin American Team. Joining Rebecca Arriaza – Publications are Deysi Cuevas – Communications, Ramon Martinez – Organization, and Mateo Gonzalez – Training. The incredible growth we are experiencing has much to do with the initiative of these folks.
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