July 13, 2007

Rachel Snelen WTA Christian Tennis Player Skydiving!!

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Player, Love, melody snelen, rachel snelen, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, Sports Ministry, Teamwork at 10:11 pm by Scott Paschal

Visit ICTA’s video website to see the awesome video of Rachel Snelen skydiving!

Rachel Snelen, the captain of ICTA’s Women’s Pro Tennis Team which travels worldwide competing on the pro tour while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ despite persecution, took a weekend off from her crazy busy schedule to celebrate her 24th birthday with her twin sister, Melody Snelen; her mother, Joy Snelen; fellow WTA player and fellow team member, Shantel Tavita; and 8 year ICTA friend, Sue Beck, whose son Joe trained with me for over 5 years.

Rachel, you rock! You’ve selflessly dedicated your life to following Christ. God has used your life to bring other WTA players and top juniors to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. You are a blessed amazing person that shines as an example worldwide as to what a young person can do when she follows God’s call into ministry.

I thank God for your mentors starting with your amazing mom, Joy Snelen. I am thankful for Sue Beck, a former Mormon who is now forever Christian because of your never ending devotion and dedication to your unwavering faith that Jesus Christ is Lord. I am thankful for the wife of my friend David Nasser, whose big sister love for you and your potential in this world and her incredible advice and wisdom has made such a huge impact on your life. I thank God for your twin, Melody, who will always have your back and is your best friend in this world.

Happy Birthday, Rachel.

We LOVE you!

Scott Paschal


July 9, 2007

Scott Paschal’s Blessed Life: Why I Am Thankful

Posted in anastasia kharchenko, christian tennis, Christian Tennis Player, Emma Hustad, Faith, Fellowship, Hope, ICTA Women's Christian Pro Tennis Team, melody snelen, rachel snelen, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, shantel tavita, Sports Ministry, Teamwork at 3:48 am by Scott Paschal

So much goes on around International Christian Tennis Association headquarters in just a week. This picture collage represents a small portion of the activities, but they do give an idea of the awesome time my students are having as they grow in their faith and in tennis! Every one of my students feels loved and cared about.

They are all very happy and feel great about the positive growth occurring within. I am so glad to have the opportunity to be a part of their life story in this season of their lives. When a student comes to train with me, my main discipleship focus is off the tennis court.

These kids are not tennis academy students! They are disciples of Jesus Christ who happen to play tennis. Sure these kids hit for 4 to 5 hours a day!! Sure, the WTA ranked players I coach hit crazy hard! Of course every member of my junior guy’s 15-17 team basically tries to destroy the tennis ball every day twice a day!

And then there is 7am footwork training… mountain biking… flexibility… hours of ping pong working hand/eye coordination… balance training… massive core training… plyometrics… strength training in the hot Florida sun… and strong Florida tournaments on the weekend!!!

But, more important than the 5-7 hours a day, 5-6 days a week of world class tennis training is the hours and hours of they spend off court diving deeper into Christ! Bibles studies… Christian concerts… Christian leadership seminars… Sunday church… mission trips to famous professional tournaments… mission trips to their own junior tournaments where they compete… Christian videos… public speaking opportunities… Christian books studies… learning how to prepare a sermon… teamwork… accountability… transparency… and fellowship.

These Christian tennis missionaries serve as an example to you that God can use all of us to reach others! You are important and special.Let’s take these pictures of my tennis missionary students & friends from the top left first row and go right as I explain a little about each pic…

Rachel Snelen and Melody Snelen with a friend in Atlanta who works in the Christian music industry…. Melody with a former 2003 ICTA academy student now competing on the pro tour, and a college girl the ICTA pro team helped lead to Christ…Melody Snelen and Emma with a Church youth group they spoke to Wednesday evening… 3 members of the Women’s Pro Tennis Team with Breck Henderson, my friend of 8 years, and a Jewish girl who recently accepted Christ through God working through the pro team and two special tennis missionaries in Israel…… Melody Snelen playing pro tennis.

Second row… my special Ukrainian unofficially adopted daughter, Anastasia Kharchenko, and me… Shantel Tavita ready for Church… 13 year old Adam whose Dad is my friend and whose family have been my neighbors for the last 3+ years… pros and juniors I coach hanging out at my kitchen table… Newbs and Ana riding mountain bikes.

Third row… Mark from Mexico, who I have coached for a year, with Ana (almost 1 year) and Newb (3 years)… me and Ana by my Jeep after practice… Mark forehand… my boy’s 11-14 tennis team… Shantel with WTA player friend.

Fourth row… Rachel Snelen and Melody Snelen with their 94 year old grandmother… Ana and Mel giving Bearby a bath in my front yard… Rach donating my Chevy Suburban to a pastor in Texas who will take it to Mexico and give it to a pastor without a car… amazing Emma working on a scrapbook… David from Australia smiling during practice.

Bottom row… Anastasia doing bookkeeping for me… Ana forehand… David and Newbs… Rachel Snelen forehand… Ana and Newbs.

I am so thankful for the many blessings God has given me. Just look at these terrific people! I am honored to call them my friends. Life truly is so short and I have come to cherish every moment I have with the students God has placed in my life. I’ve coached for over half of my life! I’ve coached kids who now have kids! Jordan, Justin, Toby, Elaine… they are all in their mid-20s now! Wow… and ouch.

A couple of quick notes… my book is coming along nicely. This book will become ICTA’s gift book and is packed full of tennis related stories of faith and hope. Today, I finished a chapter totally dedicated to Ruth! I think junior and pro tennis girls will love that chapter.

Also, ICTA is welcoming a new ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team member beginning July 27! A neat gal who wanted to come train and intern with me 1.5 years ago, but was warned not to by her non-Christian parents, is finally on her way! This special soon to be 26 year old kid will be so great to have around. She has felt driven to come here in spite of the oppression and God has finally opened the doors. God is so good!

And finally, to the anonymous “Christian” person who sent me hate email claiming I’m not qualified to minister, have a ridiculous ministry, am not worthy to share the Gospel, and many other things I can’t write here… thanks for your opinion… and you’re right! I am not worthy… I’m an idiot. I am absolutely not worthy to share anything God has created and I’m the first to say I’m worth less than pig poo without Jesus in my life… I’m just an idiot!!

But, my anonymous blogger friend, I’m God’s idiot.

And when He called me into ministry, I’m pretty sure He didn’t ask your opinion first! He called, I followed, He has blessed my life, Satan has attacked, God blesses more for my faithfulness… and there you go.

My life is such a blessed life. God has given so many special and wonderful opportunities to me to serve Him. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else doing anything else!

God bless!!

Scott Paschal
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July 4, 2007

"Me…Scott Paschal… the most high profile Christian in tennis ….!??"

Posted in anastasia kharchenko, christian tennis, Christian Tennis Player, Emma Hustad, Faith, Fellowship, Hope, ICTA Women's Christian Pro Tennis Team, Love, melody snelen, rachel snelen, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, shantel tavita at 6:11 pm by Scott Paschal

Hello there! This is Scott Paschal. That’s me in the middle up there having a picture taken with my tennis academy students. For those of you new to the International Christian Tennis Association, ICTA, this blog is our online magazine designed to keep you up to date and informed on the happenings of our ministry. It’s a free resource for you!

Our goal with our magazine is to offer an insider’s point of view to help our readers feel included, even if they’re secretly logged in from as far away as Tehran, Iran or Istanbul, Turkey. All are welcome!

The pics I’ve placed on this blog are from recent Christian event my wonderful Christian tennis academy students attended with me! We enjoyed a tremendous time at the event!

I’d like introduce you to these fine Christian tennis players who have a heart to serve Jesus and a massive passion for top junior or pro tennis.

From right to left… Shantel Tavita (1 year) , Rachel Snelen (7 years), Melody Snelen (7 years), Jon (3 years), Emma Hustad (summer 07), Josh (summer 07), Anastasia Kharchenko (1 year), Mark (1 year), David (summer 07), Rand (summer 07). Countries represented are Samoa, USA, Ukraine, and Mexico. Not pictured, Brendan from Trinidad. Other students coming in during July and August not pictured.

This last week has been so blessed. Doors are opening for ICTA that only God can open. I am learning so much about Christian ministry, life, empathy for others, letting go and letting God take over.

I’d like to share a phone call with you. A guy called me recently for an interview. Honestly, at first I didn’t trust him, so I agreed to just 5 minutes. His first question was a shocker! He asked point blank… “Are you aware you are the most high profile Christian in tennis right now?”

The way he said “the” echoed in my brain for what seemed like an hour. I politely disagreed in my own unique Italian way, which possibly sounded like a cat getting a bath, mentioned I am just a pretty stubborn behind the scenes type of guy and am nothing at all more than a happy donkey being ridden by Christ’s purpose for my life… and I quickly changed the subject.

Me…??… the… NOT!

We spoke for longer than 5 minutes and I believe the fella is now an advocate for our ministry. I talk to a lot of folks each week, but that phone call stood out.

I’d also like to mention a friend of mine came to stay with us for a couple days. Like me, he’s a tennis/ministry type of guy. I enjoyed having him around and look forward to God’s purpose for our friendship. The kids enjoyed him also… though Mark probably didn’t enjoy getting destroyed 21-9 by him in ping-pong last night!

God bless each of you reading today. Thank you for your soo many phone calls and emails of support as ICTA reaches for Christ into the tennis industry and beyond.

Wherever you are and whatever your situation, know Jesus loves you even when it seems like no one else does.

Scott Paschal