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



Prepare young people for service and leadership wherever God leads by equipping churches with training and programs.



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

Icthus International is a ministry that helps churches reach children and youth - the largest, most receptive, and yet the most needy segment of the world's population.   We carry out this ministry because we believe what the Bible says:


"Bring up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."  (Proverbs 22:6) 


Icthus provides:

Churches provide:

  • enthusiastic volunteers
  • long-term relationships in the community
  • space to have the meetings
  • spiritual oversight and leadership


Using this model, since 1964 the Icthus family has discipled over 100,000 children, partnering with churches and organizations of all denominations in 15 countries.


Young people, 17 years and younger, make up 1/3 of the population of Latin America.  This presents a huge need and challenge, as well as opportunities, to communities, schools, churches, and parents because there are so many social, economic, and spiritual problems and decisions young people must face. 


Young people are the largest and most significant mission field.  It is not necessary to go to a distant country to minister to this important sector of the population.  They are all around every church wanting something to do, waiting to be reached.


Churches need more ways of reaching young people.  They need tools and assistance to increase their efforts and make a more meaningful impact in this age group. 


Parents face challenges in raising their children.  Being a parent is more difficult than ever.  Many parents are seeking help but don't know where to look.


Icthus is striving to help churches meet these needs in Latin America, as well as in Hispanic churches in the U.S. by providing ministry tools that can be used to help children and youth.  Find out how to become a partner and make a donation online.


The Icthus family stretches accross Latin America and the US.  It's made of people from all different generations whose lives have been touched by Icthus. 


Currently there are some 1,000 guides, serving thousands of young people throughout Latin America and many more former guides and former Icthus Kids.  Our team is made up almost entirely of volunteers. We advocate for those who need our help. Even a little help goes a long way.


The family is growing every day, and no matter where you live, you can be part of it. There are many ways to helpDo not hesitate to contact us and become a member of the Icthus family today.


Icthus has been serving young people since 1964.  How did the Lord lead a young man to Guatemala to begin a lifetime ministry with Christians and Missionaries that has impacted the lives of more than a hundred thousand people. 


Click here to read about how Icthus started



Icthus was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization and is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Icthus adheres to the rigorous standards of of the ECFA. 

See the Seven Standards of financial accountability according to the ECFA.


Read the ECFA report on Icthus

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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