September 27, 2008

International Christian Tennis Association to Hire Membership Director

Posted in Faith, International Christian Tennis Association, Teamwork, Uncategorized tagged , at 7:28 pm by Scott Paschal

Scott Paschal, ICTA Founder, on trash heap inside Nigerian National Sports Complex

Scott Paschal, ICTA Founder, on trash heap inside Nigerian National Sports Complex

A dream I have had for a very long time is to connect International Christian Tennis Association members with life-changing Christian mission trips designed to strengthen the faith of our members while benefiting people in need.

A great example for me is the church I attend, which hosts numerous mission trips worldwide for church members.

Like International Christian Tennis Association, my church is passionate about serving both locally and worldwide.

As such, they have a person on staff specifically to implement missions.

Melody Snelen, ICTA Academy and ICTA Women's Pro Tennis Team, with Nigerian youth after her match

Melody Snelen, ICTA Academy and ICTA Women's Pro Tennis Team, with Nigerian youth after her pro match.

As ICTA is a new, growing sports ministry, we don’t really have staff.  We have me and volunteers and players who serve hard to help ICTA remain viable.

Yet, though still in our infancy, the heartbeat of ICTA is pure missions outreach.

That said, ICTA is moving forward towards bringing a connector to link ICTA membership to both national and international Christian missions.

That connector, I pray, will be in the form of an ICTA Membership Director.

Picture this… let’s say, for example, that ICTA Membership has two dozen dentists, 4 dozen general health doctors, and a few dozen eye doctors.  Currently, there is really nothing ICTA can actively do with them, except send a periodic newsletter.

But, what if ICTA could send some of them worldwide together on medical missions!?  To me, that would be awesome!

Local Benin City beggar girl with her blind Grandmother in the market

Local Benin City beggar girl with her blind Grandmother in the market

And, think about this… what if we were to send a medical missions team to a city where the ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team was competing, such as Benin City, Nigeria!?

In the early morning the medical staff could play tennis with our pro players, and others on tour, then in the later mornings and afternoons the medical staff could volunteer their skills to help locals in tremendous need who could not otherwise receive medical care.

That sounds so amazing to me, and I’d really like to see the day when it happens.  To see kids lined up down the streets in order to get their eyes checked, injuries healed, medicine, cavities filled!

To see adults receiving medical care and health education, possibly for the first time….

Wow, can anything be more motivating than such a dream!?

My friend and neighbor of many years has began taking over ICTA’s membership.  He is a former tennis pro, and is currently an ordained minister working full time in a church.

Anastasia Kharchenko, ICTA Academy and ICTA Pro Tennis Team, with Nigerian youth after match

Anastasia Kharchenko, ICTA Academy and ICTA Pro Tennis Team, with Nigerian youth after match

My prayer is ICTA may soon, possibly in 2009!, be in a position to hire him full time.

Until then, he and his son are working towards professionally organizing ICTA membership and continue to facilitate this awesome dream God has placed in my heart.

Thank you for your prayers about this need we have as God guides ICTA to be a positive light shining for Him and His glory in a Godless global tennis industry.

God bless,

Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association

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