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

Icthus stories from Guatemala

Guatemala is the country where in 1964 Icthus began. Gilo Mendez, a Guatemalan lawyer, pastor and one of the founders of Icthus reflects on what this ministry has meant to him:

Being a part of the birth, formation and growth of Icthus was a rich experience.   For me the beginning was when I became a guide to thirty wild and barefoot kids. It was a real life experimental lab of testing ideas and activities to help them. They enthusiastically answered the invitation to enroll in this adventure into the unknown.


I call it an adventure, because we knew nothing about what Icthus was going to be like in our little corner of Guatemala. Even the name was strange. But I became a guide anyway, and with my assistants started the first gang that we later called a legion. That is how we started this experience of formation, learning and growth, practice, and having Ephesians 6: 13-18 as our light.

More information about Icthus in Guatemala

Icthus was founded in Guatemala in 1964

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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