Matching Gift Challenge Deadline December 31st Midnight.
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Equipping Young People for Christian Service and Leadership
Equipping Young People for Christian Service and Leadership

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!


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

Proverbs 22:6



FOR 2018


4 Reasons to give for kids NOW


Help children have Icthus for a whole year.  We have a NEW matching gift challenge of $3,000.  Help meet the match.

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Pictures of the first Icthus Group in Guatemala in 1964



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 and others...


See More about the Present and Future


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 we encourage Icthus Friends to join us in giving camperships. It makes a huge impact in the lives of young people.  Our national leaders do a wonderful job organizing camps.  They help young people grow physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually...   See More  

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!”

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 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


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   


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Lake Forest, CA 92609

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