April 29, 2009

80,000

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:11 am by Scott Paschal

You guys are awesome!

Did you notice our ICTABlog is nearing 80,000 visits?

I had forgotten to mention 60,000 and 70,000 milestones, I think.  A couple of you reminded me that 80,000 is rolling in.

ICTABlog has accomplished some great goals.

I’ve been able to publish some pretty hard hitting articles directly confronting dysfunction in the global tennis industry, as well as articles which offer inspiration and hope to life’s hurting casualties.

When I first created ICTABlog, I guess I maybe expected a few thousand visitors a year… maybe.

I never expected 30,000-40,000 a year.

Thanks for getting the word out and sharing my dream with others.  Doors are opening worldwide for others who have a passion to enter into tennis ministry.  You are helping to make this happen.

The more people who tell others about International Christian Tennis Association, the more the world will come to realize and accept tennis as a harvest field for Christ.

Unlike the National Football League,  NBA, or Major League Baseball… tennis is global.

NFL, NBA, MLB… they are American… and it’s not too difficult to reach players and fans with the Gospel message.

Tennis is different.  Tennis is not a sport born of America and specific to America.

Try going to Iran and waving the Jesus flag… or go to Indonesia and hold up a huge sign with John 3:16 written on it at a major sporting event.

Try it… I dare you.

You won’t.

But, you will “be bold and brave” and wear your Christian t-shirt on your college campus to intramural soccer!  Ooohhhh, so bold for Christ….

Not.

Let’s do something here, maybe a gut check.

What have you actually done?  I mean, what have you actually done to share your faith in Jesus?  Take the last month… anything?  Last 6 months?

Let’s do an even deeper gut check….

Have you ever been in a situation where your life has been at risk because of your passion to follow Christ?

Like, how the Bible was translated and made available to you…?

Like, how Paul overcame beatings and shipwrecks…?

Like how the original disciples were crucified, ran through with a spear, beheaded…?

Like how amazing people in China, right now, are being martyred daily, yet are on fire with the Gospel message….

Sure, I’m happy this little blog has some visitors.  Ok, sure, in cotton candy Christianity America… great.

But, I’m more excited that over 70% of ICTABlog visitors are from outside of America.  I’m more excited that a message of hope and boldness is growing.  I’m more excited that Christian ministry within the global tennis industry is real, relevant, growing, impactful.

Tennisministry.org, Christiantennis.net… and others are creating awareness of Jesus Christ within a sport which is truly Godless.

Look in the mirror.  Ask yourself… are you afraid to share your faith?  Even in a cotton candy land like “Christian America?”

If so, you’ve got a problem. And you are creating a problem.

Google “Great Commission.”

Take a look at what life is.

That said, realize no matter where your are in your journey, God can impact the world through you. You are His, created by Him, loved by Him.

I’m the first to say I’m an idiot.  I don’t have all the answers.  I make tons of stupid mistakes.

But, I know at this point in my life that though I am a moron, I am God’s moron.

And, though many people in the world wrote me off as a waste of space… God chose to use my life to make fools of them.

God can and will use the weakest and meekest and least capable to change the world.  It’s his style.  That’s how he rolls….

Thank God.

God bless you, guys.

Scott Paschal

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April 16, 2009

An International Christian Tennis Association USTA Pro Circuit Tournament?

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:52 am by Scott Paschal

A friend of mine is a tournament director of a USTA Pro Circuit event.

She’s directed tournaments up to the ITF $50,000 level.  At this level she can attract top 100 WTA players compete in the main draw.

Just a quick note, today, to let you know she is working on an event with us for 2010.

A lot of things have to fall into place for it all to work out.  And I’m not saying it’s going to happen 100% for sure.

I’m just letting you now we are working on it.

And I think it would be a good thing.

I think it could open doors for people worldwide who want to share their faith in Jesus, but don’t know how or just don’t have the courage.

I think it will help others already striving to enter and be effective in tennis ministry, as well.

I think it will help  give players and coaches hope that a better life is possible.

I think it will connect the Christian community to not just pro tennis, but to tennis in the local community.

And, that all sounds good to me.

Will keep you updated on how the “tournament dream” progresses.

I know a lot of you will be really excited about this!  So much good can come from such an endeavor.

Yet, for those of you who are really excited about this, be warned… I’m sure I will have those who wish to shut me up and try to keep the “tournament dream” from happening.

There might be those who wish to bash me simply to make themselves look better, or to try and discredit our goals.

That’s fine.  Been there done that.  I’ve developed thick skin 🙂

And it’s not like International Christian Tennis Association is without free, protective legal counsel….

Reaching pro players and coaches, connecting the Christian community to local tennis, opening doors for others in tennis ministry, and emboldening Christians to share their faith.

Wow!

That’s pretty neat!

Please keep this in your thoughts and prayers!

God bless,

Scott Paschal

ICTA Inc   President

April 11, 2009

Christiantennis.net Sights at Sony Ericsson Open

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, International Christian Tennis Association, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis tagged , , , , , , , , at 11:25 am by Scott Paschal

Fans watching final on Big Screen in Food Court.

Fans watching final on Big Screen in Food Court.

International Christian Tennis Association exhibitor's booth near Grandstand

International Christian Tennis Association exhibitor's booth near Grandstand

Full time ICTA student, David, from Australia, hanging out at Beach Tennis

Full time ICTA student, David, from Australia, hanging out at Beach Tennis

Beach Tennis mascot getting a pic while Scott Paschal gives interview

Beach Tennis mascot getting a pic while Scott Paschal gives interview

ICTA full time student, Luke from Costa Rica, hitting on Grand Stand court

ICTA full time student, Luke from Costa Rica, hitting on Grand Stand court

Scott Paschal pic with news crew after interview.  Great time bringing ministry in tennis to Miami. This helps open doors for others and inspire them to share their faith through tennis.

Scott Paschal pic with news crew after interview. Great time bringing ministry in tennis to Miami. This helps open doors for others and inspire them to share their faith through tennis.

David hitting on Grand Stand court. So awesome for ICTA players to attend whole Sony Ericsson Open.

David hitting on Grand Stand court. So awesome for ICTA players to attend whole Sony Ericsson Open.

Fun group of people visiting International Christian Tennis Association exhibitor's booth.

Fun group of people visiting International Christian Tennis Association exhibitor's booth.

Jon hitting on Grand Stand court.  Soon to leave for college, Jon is a really special kid with loads of potential to change the world.

Jon hitting on Grand Stand court. Soon to leave for college, Jon is a really special kid with loads of potential to change the world.

Melody Snelen takes a pic with Fernando Verdasco before his match with Andy Murray.  Thanks Fernando.

Melody Snelen takes a pic with Fernando Verdasco before his match with Andy Murray.

April 4, 2009

International Christian Tennis Association Pics from Sony Ericsson Open

Posted in Athletes in Action Tennis, christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, scott paschal, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 9:54 pm by Scott Paschal

Enjoy some sights from the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open.

Man, have we had a great time shining for Christ to over 250,000 tennis fans from around the world.

We are each exhausted, yet fulfilled.

More soon…   scotty

Federer SCreen

Huge Jumbotron Screen Showed Stadium Matches

Sony Ericsson Flowers

Men's Draw

Sony Ericsson Open booth 3

ICTA Gained Record Breaking Numbers of New Members at This Event!

Local TV News Interviewed Me... Great Time Sharing ICTA w/ Miami!

Local TV News Interviewed Me... Great Time Sharing ICTA w/ Miami!