August 5, 2008

Welcoming France, Africa, and Costa Rica to ICTA’s Christian Tennis Academy

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Player, International Christian Tennis Association, scott paschal, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 11:39 pm by Scott Paschal

Scott Paschal flying home!

Scott Paschal, ICTA President, flying home!

This has been a fun 7 days!

Just came back from a 3 city missions’ tour with Anastasia and Melody. Then went with my entire tennis academy to an awesome Christian conference in Orlando where my friend, David Nasser, spoke twice!

How awesome is that!??  Pro tennis, Christian outreaches for world class athletes, and Nasser speaking… twice!  Me and the guys took my Jeep to Orlando.  I had a blast.

In addition we also welcomed in a new player from France, and spent some time with a wealthy and influential friend who wants to help ICTA grow…

…and I just received my phone which had been lost for a few days in Atlanta’s airport!

Did you notice I mentioned a new player from France!?  I’ve never coached a player from France before.

Melody Snelen (USA) and Anastasia Kharchenko (Ukraine) of ICTA Women's Pro Tennis Team

Melody Snelen (USA) and Anastasia Kharchenko (Ukraine), of ICTA Women's Pro Tennis Team, wearing their exclusive ICTA Pro Team jackets in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Her name is Melissa.  She has been planning her trip here for several months.  I’m so excited God is using tennis and ministry as a bridge to strengthen Melissa’s faith!

We’ve enjoyed getting to know her.  Melissa is 18 years old and a solid tennis player.  Her English is pretty bad, so it’s been fun watching everyone teach her our language!

This weekend another new player is coming in.  His name is Luke.  He is from Costa Rica. I’ve been looking forward to Luke’s arrival for a few months now!  He sounds like a really neat kid.

Luke’s mom is bringing him, and she will stay with us for a couple days before flying home.

Mark, ICTA Student Since 2006, from Mexico Competing in USA Tournament. Mark's Parents Are Missionaries.

Both of Luke’s parents are missionaries in Costa Rica.  The plan is for Luke to train with me for a year.  He is going to have a blast!

A special friend of mine from Lagos, Nigeria contacted me about coaching his son for a couple weeks before he begins working out with his new college tennis team in North Carolina.

I’ve agreed and look forward to his arrival.

France, Costa Rica, Africa… joining our summer class of Mexico, Ecuador, Indonesia, Australia, USA, Japan, and Ukraine!  Ten countries will be represented here this summer semester!  Awesome, really awesome!

David from Australia, ICTA Student Since 2007

David from Australia, ICTA Student Since 2007. David's Dad is a Pastor.

And if you knew this group of kids, you’d know what a truly amazing group this is and how this time in their lives, and mine, is really special.

This season of my life really has been incredibly special.

God has allowed me to disciple so many kids from around the world.  I’ve had the rare opportunity to be part of the life stories of the next generation of Christian leaders… we’ve worked hard together, we’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together…

… and we’ve created friendships to last a lifetime.

I do fully realize this season will come to an end, and that God will direct my time and energies towards His further direction for my maturity as His follower.

That said, I am 100% relishing every moment I have right now!

God has blessed me with friends, enemies, students, good health, an international sports ministry, my mom and brother,  good and bad times, a pastor and church I love, a fantastic neighbor/friend…

… I know I’m blessed.

I really do.

My life is truly an example of what God can do with someone completely worthless and undeserving….

God bless,

This Funny and Silly Japanese Gal Has Been Here Since 2007!!

Scott Paschal

Anastasia from Ukraine.  ICTA Student Since 2006

Anastasia from Ukraine. ICTA Student Since 2006

Australia, Japan, Mexico!

Australia, Japan, Mexico!

Lindsey and Josh (my 12 year old student from Ecuador)

Linds (USA) and Josh (my 12 year old student from Ecuador)

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3 Comments »

  1. Cookie Monster said,

    Mark looks like he is getting bigger
    its gotta be the cookies

  2. Scotty said,

    hey! it’s funny… mark n aussie get all the cookies they want, and newbs is on a massive diet!!

  3. Cookie Monster said,

    haha thats awsome then
    good for newbie though im proud of him


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