Matching Gift Challenge Deadline December 31st Midnight.
Matching Gift Challenge Deadline December 31st Midnight.
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


Just in time for Christmas, Icthus Amigos families have joined together to prove a  matching challenge pledge.


Twice as many kids can have Icthus for an entire year.  Your gift will be doubled to provide Icthus for children through all of 2019.  Click here to see more


Click here to read the November Newsletter.



Thanks to Icthus Amigos like you we were able to hold an important 5-day International Conference in July.  Thanks to the Lord it exceeded our expectations.  

See a short video on the conference in Medellin, Colombia!


Pctures of the first Icthus Group in Guatemala in 1964



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.   


From that humble beginning the Lord has grown and extended this ministry to many countries and over 100,000 yount people...


See More about the 54th birthday 


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.

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.


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