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Preparing Young People for Christian Service and Leadership
Preparing Young People for Christian Service and Leadership

56 Years of Preparing Young People for Christian Service & Leadership


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 full of:  Young people committed to Jesus Christ transforming their families, churches, and communities.

With onslaught of two category 4 hurracanes a large region of Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvdor have been severly flooded.  Homes, bridges, and roads have been swept away.  Icthus is striving to help Icthus kids and their families and others in this region. Your help is needed to provide relief aid to one or more families and provide ministry to kids.  Click here to see more.  

     Over the past months, Icthus amigos like you helped hundreds of children and families with emergency aid due to COVID19.


     One was Diego (13) who lives in the village of La Chamarra, Colombia.  Manuel, his father, lost his job... 


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We are very happy to introduce you to Lous Yon.  He has just joined Icthus International as the Associate Executive Director. 


Find out more about him and other news HERE.    


Right now, there’s an unimaginable growing hardship in Latin America because of COVID-19.  It’s affecting the lives of every Icthus child, their families, churches and communities. 


Kids are isolated and prevented from getting together for Icthus activities and meetings as well as school.  


Children from poor families (like this Icthus boy from Honduras) have it much harder.   Their parents make a living through day labor and low paying jobs.  Especially now, they have a very hard time putting food on the table. 


Your help is needed now more than ever during this difficult time.


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         It happened by the grace of the Lord and shown through the love of those convinced of the importance of guiding young people.   It's by the conviction that young people are an important part of God's Kingdom.  It's the belief that children and youth can help bring a better future to their communities.


Icthus started on July 20th 1964.  More than 100,000 young people have been helped through Icthus.    It’s amazing what the Lord has done through Icthus Amigos to impact the lives of of so many kids over these 56 years!


However, now COVID-19 is making this the most difficult year Icthus children and their families have ever had.   Your help is needed to make this situation better.    


  Read more HERE.


Early Icthus Kids wearing the first Icthus uniform. Guatemala 1965



See pictures and discover how Icthus began.  Click 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...

The Icthus Legacy 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.  


Click Here for pictures and testimonies on John.


Click here to see what John and Don Weisbbrod said about starting Icthus




Icthus is recruiting for a key position, an Associate Executive Director.   You can be a big help in extending the Icthus.  Let others know about this position.  See more.  Click below.


Icthus Opportunity Profile - Position Description

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.   You can subscribe to it by clicking "LIKE".    


The Icthus ministry is made possible by Amigos who invest their time, talent and gifts in young people.


Click to learn about creative ideas for 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, Lake Forest CA 92609     Telephone: (626-222-2156)   


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What Icthus Amigos say:


"Icthus makes a difference in the lives of kids."   

                                - Marion


"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."   

                                - Baukien

"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!!!" 

                               - Charlotte

"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." 

                                   - Pep

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