March 20, 2010

It’s a Big Deal to God!: ICTA Preps for Sony Ericsson Open

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:33 pm by Scott Paschal

My students..Mark, Nastya, David. Great kids w big hearts to serve God!

The calm before the storm.

That’s what this pic reminds me of.

Yesterday, I took this picture with my cell phone of a few of my academy students training in preparation for a 3-4 week pro tour in Egypt, and a Florida jr tennis tournament.

I sent the pic to my Twitter..to remind me how calm life is now.

Beautiful day, perfect tennis courts, academy students that care about each other, fun workout… nice and calm.

Yet, in 48 hours God will place ICTA front and center in front of a hurricane of 300,000 people at the world’s 5th largest pro tournament, the Sony Ericsson Open.

While many people really appreciate International Christian Tennis Association being there. Some don’t. I remember one Muslim guy last year tried to hit me when I was doing a TV show interview inside ICTA’s booth!

Seriously! As he was walking by he heard me say something about how Muslims in Nigeria were violent towards us when we were there…so, he became offended that I said that…came in to my booth…started yelling about how Islam is the religion of peace..refused to calm down…then took a swing at me!

I remember smiling at him and saying, “Thanks for making my point!”  His friend dragged him away, embarrassed.

Since our first outreach to this tournament in 2004, International Christian Tennis Association has given away 1000’s of Christian materials. We hear story after story year after year about how a Bible or a kid’s devotional or a book  that we have given away has made an impact on a person or family.

One special story came from a Dad who said how he and his little boy have been reading a kid’s devotional together each night…that they received from us a couple years earlier!

I remember one guy in 2005 or 2006 , an ex pro tennis player, who we talked out of committing suicide.

God uses this Christian mission trip in huge ways. It’s a lot of work and I’m going to be really, really exhausted when it’s over…but, from experience I can say God will do some incredible things from our obedience to Him.

Scott and Mel Paschal

Soon, I will be writing to you from the Sony Ericsson Open.

Words can’t express how grateful I am at the opportunity to serve God on-site at this huge tennis event.

It’s a big deal to me. It’s going to be a big deal to others.

And, as God opened the doors to make it happen…

…it’s a big deal to God!

God bless,

Coach Scotty

Scott Paschal, Founder of International Christian Tennis Association

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March 12, 2010

ICTA-Egypt Pro Tennis Tour!

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:43 am by Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association is sending a Pro tennis team to Egypt for up to 4 ITF Pro Circuit tournaments.

Egypt…I’ve written about Egypt lately.

So did God…in the Bible. Egypt is a big deal in Biblical history.

After writing about Hassan a few weeks ago, I was randomly contacted by a Christian tennis guru who spoke about Egypt. God really used him to put the letters E G Y P T in my brain!

WTA #600, Anastasia Kharchenko, laughing during workout in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Then, less than 24 hours later, and randomly, Anastasia Kharchenko (my academy student of  over 3.5 years and an ICTA Pro Team member)  informed me there are going to be 4 ITF Pro Circuit tournaments in Egypt…starting in a couple weeks!

Hmmmm…

Here we are preparing for a last minute (and HUGE) ICTA Large Scale Outreach to the world’s 5th largest pro event…and we are in the middle of ICTA Pro Tennis Team competing on a USTA Pro Circuit hard court tour..and now God says “get er done” in Egypt!

What!? You gotta be kidding!?

God gave me a couple of weeks to prep the Sony Ericsson Open outreach to 300,000 tourny attendees…and I need a minimum of 3 months!!

Now, He says, “Send ’em to Egypt, Coach!”

Planning a month long pro tennis tour of a place we’ve never been takes weeks!  Not days!

Now tires are squealing and gears are grinding as I hit the brakes and turn the wheel, again, as God quickly says, “Turn here!”

Well, anyway, all the documents have been sent to the proper places for visas..and our goal is the ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team begins arriving in Cairo by next Thursday.

The ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team competes on the ITF Pro Circuit worldwide. Each team member is trained to help other players in need. The pro circuits are lonely, can be dangerous, and are beyond question..Godless.

Please keep International Christian Tennis Association in your prayers as we strive daily to shine for Christ and to Serve Hard!

God bless!

Coach Scotty

March 11, 2010

ICTA Outreach News: 2010 Sony Ericsson Open

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:34 am by Scott Paschal

ICTA Outreach at 2009 Sony Ericsson Open. Offering free Christian materials to over 300,000 in attendance...

I am very grateful to announce International Christian Tennis Association will be on site at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, the world’s 5th largest professional tennis tournament, providing Christian outreach to over 300,000 attendees for the entire event.

God has provided ICTA with a 10×10 sponsor’s booth next to the Grandstand. I say “God has provided…” and I mean it.

Coach Scotty didn’t buy/lease this booth.  God did…just like He did our very first outreach booth at the 2004 Nasdaq 100 Open (same place/same tournament as this one..just different sponsor).  Booths were too expensive for us this year, and we decided we couldn’t go. 😦

Then, God arrived in an incredible way and said, “Let’s roll, Coach!” And…we’re quickly changing our scheduled plans and happily heading out on a mission trip with  Him!

Will write a bit more about that another time. 

But, for now I will simply announce ICTA is scheduled to be in Key Biscayne, Florida staffing our wonderful outreach booth and offering free Christian materials from March 22-April 4, 2010, on-site at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open!

God bless,

Coach Scotty

ICTA Inc, President

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