April 6, 2010

Christiantennis.net Egyptian Pro Tennis & Missions Tour

Posted in Athletes in Action Tennis, Christian Tennis Mission Trips, Christian Tennis Outreach, Christian Tennis Player, ChristianTennis Israel, Faith, Fellowship, ICTA Tennis Ministry, International Christian Tennis Association, Leadership, Scott Paschal Tennis, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 7:11 pm by Scott Paschal

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Anastasia and Hiro, two members of ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team, have been able to email me a few pics, even though the internet is unbelievably slow in Ain Elsokhna-Suiz, Egypt…and I’ve made a little slideshow for you guys!

(I have been blessed to coach Ana (Ukraine) for 3.5+ years and Hiro (Venezuela) 2.5+ years full time here w/ International Christian Tennis Association in Florida.)

I’ve added a few captions to some of the slideshow pictures for you. Also, fyi, know the pictures appeared in a random order. As this is the first time I’ve used this new slideshow feature, I don’t know how to make them appear in the order I’d like them to…but, looks ok anyway! 🙂

After 8 days, the girls are getting pretty physically and mentally worn out…

Aside from adjusting to a 20+ hrs journey (after helping ICTA Outreach at 2010 Sony Ericsson Open for a week!), a new time zone, a new country’s customs, red clay tennis courts, oppression of women nationwide,  and a complete lack of Christians… there is also much smoke in the air (burning trash?), sand gets everywhere (nose, eyes, mouth), and the mosquitoes are out of control.

Anastasia has been sick for 3 days/nights now. Melody has had much difficulty sleeping due to the difficult conditions, and has pain in her shoulder. Hiro seems to be ok, for now, though.

Please keep the girls health and safety in your prayers.

This Russian teen is meeting Jesus in Egypt!

Though it has been difficult for them, the ministry work has been really excellent.

I’ve received their many email updates, and I couldn’t be happier or more excited about the effectiveness of their outreach.

Most of you reading this really have little idea how difficult a trip like this can be even if simply traveling as a tourist.

If  traveling as a pro tennis player with all the burdens and responsibilities to compete and win and improve…it is very, very difficult.

Add to this a calling to help others as a Christian missionary…in a land where you are not welcome at all…and the difficulties/burdens/duties/responsibilities multiply to the point only a few, select individuals can handle it.

God is doing a great work in Muslim dominated Ain Elsokhna-Suiz, Egypt through the willing hearts of Hiro, Melody, and Anastasia.

These are three very, very rare people….

Thanks for your prayers and support,

Coach Scotty

April 2, 2010

ICTA Women’s Pro Team Arrives in Egypt…

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:40 pm by Scott Paschal

ICTA Women's Pro Tennis Team is in Egypt! That is very cool.

ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team arrived safely in Cairo, Egypt.

Melody, Ana, and Hiro then took a shuttle to Ain Elsokhna-Suiz, Egypt…which is way out in the middle of nowhere.

The tournament hotel is nice…and the girls say the food is good.

Workouts and ministry outreach began yesterday, and they are beginning to understand their overall surroundings.

This has been an interesting week for me…

My wife, Mel (on rt) in ICTA Outreach Booth w Anastasia and Hiro at 2010 Sony Ericsson Open...a few days before they all arrived in Cairo, Egypt!

Very exciting to have International Christian Tennis Association provide an outreach to 300,000 tennis fans at the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, while also sending ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team to Egypt.

Stuff like this doesn’t happen to many people. I’m glad to be part of it!

Speaking of glad to be part of something…

Tomorrow morn I drive north on I95 to visit a friend who owns a couple tennis clubs. He’s been asking  me to move my Christian tennis academy program to one of the clubs. We’ve talked about it for almost a year.

I’ve agreed to consider a summer program there to try it out and see how things go. Will keep you guys updated!

Thanks for your prayers and support as ICTA strives to serve hard!

God bless,

Coach Scotty

386 793 0557/ ballboy4jesus@yahoo.com