Icthus is a ministry that helps young people living in poor communities throughout Latin America. It is a club-like program for children and youth which builds Christian character, skills, and good habits.
"Bring up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6
Our mission is to: Prepare young people for service and leadership wherever God leads by equipping churches with training and programs.
Our vision is a world of: Young people committed to Jesus Christ transforming their families, churches, and communities.
HELPING KIDS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
Over the past couple of weeks, with the beginning of covid-19 in Latin America, we have sent out materials and lesson plans to some 650 Icthus groups to teach kids basic hygiene rules and to remember God's love for them. Now we need your help in extending ministry to these kids who are isolating at home with the Icthus-at-Home program.
This Icthus girl in Cordoba Colombia, like many kids throughout Latin America, was taught proper handwashing.
OPEN POSITION AT ICTHUS
Icthus is recruiting for a new and key position on its International Team.
We're looking for an Associate Executive Director. You can be a big help in extending the Icthus ministry to more children by letting others know about this position opening for Christian service.
See more. Click below.
Facebook is an easy way to encourage friends and family to join you in helping children have Icthus. Please click here to see our Facebook. www.facebook.com/Icthus.Kids You can subscribe to it by clicking "LIKE".
How does a ministry keep serving for 55 years? It’s the love of the Lord working through Icthus Amigos. It’s people like you who are convinced of the importance of guiding kids to be God’s people to bring His Kingdom of peace and well being to their communities.
Icthus started on July 20th 1976. Now, more 100,000 young people have been helped through Icthus.
It’s amazing what the Lord has done through you and others to impact the lives of tens of thousands of kids over these 55 years.
Read more HERE.
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. Click 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.
Click Here for pictures and testimonies on John.
Click here to see what John and Don Weisbbrod said about starting Icthus
The Icthus ministry is made possible by Amigos who invest their time, talent and gifts in young people.
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.
What Icthus Amigos say:
"Icthus makes a difference in the lives of kids."
"When children's behavior and outlook on life changes for good, parents are drawn to find out the reason. Countless families have committed their lives to Christ through Icthus in many different countries. Now it is starting in Africa and soon we may see it spread all over the world.
Truly a vision of God."
"Icthus is changing kids' lives and their families all over the world! God is using this ministry in amazing ways. Join in and help with your donations to touch even more lives!!!"
"Icthus is a complete discipleship program for Kids. Many have grown into leadership in Icthus and their community . It is truly God inspired and continues to be blessed by Him."
Click HERE to learn how to leave a Legacy Gift to Icthus.