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


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

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


















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 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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