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Equipping Young People for Christian Service and Leadership
Equipping Young People for Christian Service and Leadership

THE MEANING OF THE WORD 'ICTHUS'

ICTHUS takes its name from the Greek word for "fish".

This word was used as an acronym by early Christians and a secret identification:

 

I

=

Jesus

CH

=

Christ

TH

=

God

U

=

Son

S

=

Savior

 

All together, this acronym spells out the core of the Gospel: Jesus Christ is God's Son and our Savior.  This is one of the first "secrets" that young people learn when they join an Icthus group.  

 

John Shackelford, a former missionary in Guatemala was the person who not only gave the inspiration for the starting of this program, but also suggested that we use the name "Icthus" in 1964.  John felt that children and youth would be attracted to the word because it was originally a secret.  More importantly though, he liked how it stated the essence of the Gospel in a way that was easy to remember.

 

What long term Icthus Supporters say about Icthus:

 

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

 

"When children's behavior and outlook on life changes for good, grow in leadership, parents are drawn to find out the reason. Countless families have committed their lives to Christ through Icthus in many different countries in South America. Now it is starting to spread to 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 the club and help with your donations to touch even more lives!!!" 

"Icthus is a complete discipleship program fro 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. 

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