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

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June 5, 2009

Video: Scott Paschal Snickers at ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team Member!

Posted in Christian Tennis Devotional Videos, Christian Tennis Player, Fellowship, ICTA Women's Christian Pro Tennis Team, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 2:44 pm by Scott Paschal

Those of you who know me have a pretty good idea I like to make people laugh.

Recently, ICTA welcomed a new player to the ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team. Her name is Lo and she is from Nigeria.  I know her Dad.

Lo attends a college in the US where she competes on the school’s tennis team. She is training with me for the summer to strengthen her tennis, and to deepen her faith in Christ.

In the first 12 days I’ve coached Lo she has taken a bus to meet us in Sumter, SC where she trained for 4 days… drove with us to Palm Coast… drove a day later to Hilton Head Island, SC. where she trained for 4 days… drove back to Palm Coast yesterday… and will fly to El Paso, Texas at 7am in the morning.

Her schedule is stacked and packed.  I don’t think she has ever experienced anything like this before.

Welcome to pro tennis… and Christian missions outreach.

Honestly, people really have no idea how much we do on a daily basis to follow the Great Commission…

Lo BackhandI’m focused on developing Lo’s leadership skills, and on showing her facts about Jesus… that He is Christ.

Sure, her tennis will improve a lot. But, that’s the easy part.

The hard part can be looking inward and honestly seeing what needs to improve in your life.

In less than 2 weeks, Lo has been challenged intensely, and she can see her weaknesses… on and off court.

Part shocked and part excited for the challenge, Lo is undergoing massive training.

From extreme 2 on 1 tennis workouts, 10 mile bike rides, tennis matches in pro tournaments, travel to 4 new cities in 12 days by bus, van, and plane…

… to meeting new people from 6 countries… Lo has been busy.

In addition, I have Lo studying Lee Stroebel’s book A Case for Christ and John Maxwell’s book Failing Forward.  My hope is Stroebel can deepen her belief that Jesus is Christ, and that Maxwell can teach Lo that mistakes can become our motivation and our guide to improvment.

That said, we have a ton of fun in between tennis training, matches, and discipleship.

Lo mentioned she’s laughed more in these 10 -12days than in the last 5 months combined since she has come to the USA!

On to the video…

Lo loves Snickers. She bought a whole bag of the little Snickers when I first met her.  She loves to eat them when no one is looking!

When we were all in Sam’s Club (huge wholesale food warehouse owned by Walmart) in Hilton Head Island during our Christian outreach to a USTA Pro Circuit tournament recently, I saw a bunch of boxes of Snicker’s bars… so I wanted to take a pic of Lo with them.

But, instead of a picture I took a really fun video!!

Lo LOVED it minutes later when she found out!

Enjoy the video and please keep Lo in your thoughts and prayers.  God is doing a big work in her life!

God bless,

Coach Scotty

May 4, 2009

Scott Paschal Goes to Church!

Posted in Christian Discipleship, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Player, Faith, Fellowship, International Christian Tennis Association, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 10:21 pm by Scott Paschal

christian tennis academy-at-church

I really love attending church.

I know it’s a special privilege to be able to worship God at a Christian church.

This is a picture of me, a couple of my full time tennis academy students, and a special visitor a couple days ago before church started.

On the left is Hiromi Takeuchi who is visiting ICTA as she journeys around the USA and travels to different parts of the world.  Hiromi is Japanese and has a passion to become a translator for people who journey to Spanish speaking countries or Japan! When visiting ICTA Hiromi also loves to hit tennis balls with my students!   In front is Luke from Costa Rica.  Anastasia from Ukraine is on the right…both Luke and Ana are full time students of mine.

My life is so blessed.

I am able to coach full time amazing young men and women from countries worldwide. I get to plan and implement large-scale mission trips to prestigious pro tennis tournaments.  I have friends who care about me.  I attend a tremendous church and am friends with my pastor, missions pastor, and worship leader.  I am the director of an international sports ministry.

Wow.  God is so good.

I pray God is leading you in your life.  That you know the peace that comes from giving Him all.

That you ignore Satan’s lies as he works to destroy your confidence….

Regardless of how young or how old,  how rich or how poor… God can and will use you, if you only open your heart to Him.

God bless,

Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association

March 27, 2009

Scott Paschal and International Christian Tennis Association @ Sony Ericsson Open

Posted in Athletes in Action Tennis, Christian Discipleship, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Mission Trips, Christian Tennis Outreach, Fellowship, ICTA, Sports Ministry, Tennis Devotionals, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 12:38 pm by Scott Paschal

ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, with new ICTA members!

ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, with new ICTA members!

I’m having a great time here at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

ICTA Global Missions is hosting a large-scale outreach offering free Christian materials to over 300,000 tennis fans.

These two ladies with me in this picture are new ICTA members… and I had a great time with them yesterday, and again this morning as they came by ICTA’s booth on their way to watch a match in the Grandstand.

In our outreach booth we offer free Bibles and Christian books. ICTA also offers a free membership to anyone who would like to join.

Our membership has grown by about 150 people the first couple of days.  Engineers, tennis pros, teachers, writers, financial investors, dentists, students and much, much more…  a lot interesting people.

I’m having a really nice time meeting them.

Will send more updates as time allows.  I have internet access here at our booth, but little time to write so far.

Thanks for your prayers as International Christian Tennis Association brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world’s 5th largest pro tennis tournament.

God bless!

Coach Scotty

ballboy4jesus@yahoo.com/386 793 0557/www.christiantennis.net

January 1, 2008

X-Treme New Year!

Posted in anastasia kharchenko, christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, Fellowship, ICTA Tennis Ministry, ICTA Women's Christian Pro Tennis Team, International Christian Tennis Association, International Tennis Ministry, melody snelen, rachel snelen, Scott Paschal Tennis, Tennis Athletes in Action, WTA Tennis at 2:25 pm by Scott Paschal

dscf3390.jpgFor the last couple of years I have been so blessed and feel so grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate the new year in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, at the X-treme Winter Conference.

(Pic of Ergun Caner on stage)

An X-treme Conference is something I wish all teens worldwide could experience at least once.

Gatlinburg is a beautiful mountain resort town. Right down the road is Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Basically, both places together combine to make a “Grand Slam” doubles team.

dscf3460.jpgThere is so much to do in this area… Skiing, Amusement Parks, Aquariums, Shows, Outlet Shopping, and more….

(Pic of ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team celebrating New Year!)

This time of year 100,000 teens invade Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge with their church groups from all over the region to attend different Christian conferences and spend time with friends.

X-treme Conference for me has been fantastic….

Last night, I sat in the 3rd row with Anastasia and my Indonesian student while Chris Tomlin captured the audience for Christ with amazing worship. He is a blast to watch on stage!dscf3436.jpg

X-treme Conferences are typically a few days long, depending on which one you choose.

(Anastasia Kharchenko posing for a pic)

There are generally 2 session per day, morning and evening. Each session brings among the best Christian Gospel communicators in America, along with a wide assortment of fantastic Christian worship artists.

This year’s Christian bands included Toby Mac, Newsong, Unhindered, DJ Maj, Skillet, Britt Nicole, Sanctus Real, and Chris Tomlin.

Ergin Caner, David Nasser, Johnny Hunt, and Tony Nolan captured the hearts of the youth and the youth leaders with thought provoking messages.

dscf3450.jpgA highlight for me was witnessing hundreds and hundreds of kids come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.

(Pic of Rachel Snelen, Anastasia Kharchenko, and Melody Snelen)

I realize people from well over 100 countries will read this, and 99% of you have never, ever attended a Christian event like X-treme Conferences.

I hope some day you can, though I realize most conferences stay in America which does make it difficult.

I do know Passion Conferences, which are generally for college age, are going global in 2008. Check out www.268generation.com.

Inspirational speakers, fantastic bands, awesome mountain resort town, good friends… I’ve had such a great time

Rachel and Melody Snelen, who co-captain the ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team, and Anastasia Kharchenko, a teammate, have been working a friend’sdscf3392.jpg merchandise booth here at X-treme Conference again this year and have had a blast, as well.

(Pic of Rachel Snelen and Anastasia Kharchenko working at the DNO table.

Rach and Mel, have a terrific ministry to the ITF pro tour reaching WTA players, world class juniors, and more.

We’re all packing up to leave tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the drive. I love road trips, especially through mountains!

Before I sign off, I’d like to thank each of you who have written me for Christmas and New Year.

In my Christmas newsletter, I mentioned I was hangin’ with the dog as everybody had gone for the holidays. Upon reading that, you guys immediately flooded my email with love from you!dscf3514.jpg

I also mentioned to send in prayer requests. Thank you so much for those of you who responded. I know this time of year can be difficult. Your entrusting me with your prayer needs really meant the world.

I know that I don’t have the answers, but, together, we can prop each other up and use all situations to glorify Him.

Please send me some stories of what you did for the holidays.

God bless each of you.

Happy New Year!

Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association

December 23, 2007

More Christmas Notes to Scott Paschal!

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Camps, Christian Tennis Outreach, Christian Tennis Player, Cult Buster, Fellowship, Florida Tennis, Joel Osteen, Love, Pacific Life Open, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis at 12:43 pm by Scott Paschal

Hi Scott –

Thank you for that amazing testimony. News like that really lifts my spirit when I feel low. I have forwarded the news to others in my network. Your evangelism is so critical and important to young players in an atmosphere fraught with so much worldly excess. Christ is the only way to true success and peace while we are on our journey to God’s Kingdom!

As a point of reference for you…I met you and a couple of the young women last year at your booth at the Pac Life Open.jesus_manger_1.jpg

I know you were having trouble finding a home church last year when you were here. Did you ever connect with anyone? I would be happy to do some research before you get here if you need it.

Also, if I can be of service in any way while you are in town please don’t hesitate to ask. My husband and I are both self employed and our schedules are flexible (we actually entertain a lot of clients during the open and clear our schedules to enjoy the event.)

May God bless you and keep you safe in your travels!

Anne

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Scott,
Bless you for your work!!! Your insight on Joel is very good and true. I can vouch for the impact he and his writings have had on personal friends and myself included. It’s exciting to hear that John Osteen spoke prophetically over you as a young child. It appears this word is coming to fulfillment… praise God!holiday-bells.jpg

I hope you have a great Christmas and if you get lonely up in Palm Coast with just you and your dog, you are welcome to come down I-95 about 50 miles to Titusville and enjoy a meal with my family. We would be honored )

We’ll keep praying for you……… bd

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Dear Scott Paschal

How are you?

I am so glad to recieve an E-mail newsletter from you …

First of all, Happy Chrismas ,,, I have read you E-mail ,,, and found that how much your awareness that reflected to us…

I am a tennis Coach from Yemen,,, and I am interested to transfer many things Jesus said through tennis but I want you to guide what to do to spread Jesus love to the rest of the people especially in my country because less people here in believe of jesus… I don’t know what to do …. ????

I am looking forward hearing from you….

Yours, (editor’s note: name withheld for safety reasons)

Yemen

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Hi Scott,

I enjoyed reading your note about leading others to Christ in 2008. I hope I could do this.christmastop.jpg

I am a father of four in St. Louis. Next, I am a tennis nut, play around 5 times per week. Been at 4.0 for about
a year. Am taking lessons trying to get to the place where I could play tournaments with people my age (53).

Hope a lot of people respond so you have something to do. 😉

John

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Good Morning,

My daughter is ten and we live in Cape Canaveral. Is this only for junior pros? and are all the activities in South Florida? Do you have a summer camp?

I think it would be great for her to get involved in ministry by something she already enjoys.

Thanks and God Bless,
Dana

PS: MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Scott,

Just wanted to let you know that you and your “tennis mission” are being held up in prayer. I also wish you happy holidays and God’s blessings of peace and comfort to you.

Keep on keeping on!!christmas_background-ornaments.gif
Maria

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Hello Scott,

Keep up the good work. Can you imagine how many people have come to know Jesus through the lives you’ve touched and then they touched others and then they touched others…?

It never panned out that my daughter Alex was able to travel with the girls, but I am so glad that we were able to have the conversation. When we have seen tennis on TV it is comforting to know that there are people in the trenches working for Christ. By the way, Alex did make Varsity this year.

Take care and keep working even when you are not privy to the fruit!

Blessings to YOU!
Dolores

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December 22, 2007

Christmas Notes to Scott Paschal!

Posted in Athletes in Action Tennis, christian tennis, Christian Tennis Devotional Videos, Cult Buster, Fellowship, International Christian Tennis Association, Love, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, Sports Ministry at 8:18 pm by Scott Paschal

Scotty, Aloha from Hawaii:

Thank you for your encouraging e-mail. Our God is amazing on how he
reaches out to those that don’t yet know him.

merry-christmas-from-hawaii-286x179.jpgWe are greatful for your ministry and
always blessed to hear of the many ways people are working for Jesus.

We are without family here in Hawaii also, but have our church family
which is a wonderful blessing. May your Christmas be one of rest &
encouragement to you.

You are reaching out to the world in a very unique way.

Merry Christmas

Toni & Stephen

Kapolei, HI

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Hi Scotty…

Received your email newsletter today….how awesome is God..so great to hear that Ana has reached a new member to the family of God.
This year certainly has been more than great for your program….Christmas will be quiet for me also….but the peace of God goes beyond all understanding….

I am looking forward to seeing you all at Indian Wells again this year. I will look forward to hearing and sharing the love of Christ with the family of Christ…..
In his hands….Dennis

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Its unusual that I read through letters like these at this busy time. I’m glad I did.

That was an encouraging story and we all need to be reminded to be praying for our witness.
I’m wondering if your going to be at the symposium at Hilton Head in February – it’ll be my first time there and its always good to know when other Christians are in the place.

Have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for your work (… maybe I’ll meet up with your team sometime).

Because He Lives, Kelly, (tennis coach and personal lover of the sport:)

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Scot, thanks for story of the Indonesian girl…BLESSED my day.

Sending you a U-Tube you might enjoy with your devoted 4 legged friend! (we just
put our 12 yr old Lab to rest two weeks ago. He would do about anything forfrosty.jpg
a tennis ball.)

LOve your work and faithfully pray for you & the ministry every
Saturday morning. Know God is going to continue to use you & bless you. If you
ever get to KC please let me know.

I used to do chapel for the WTA ladies when they played in Houston & we
lived there. Love the game and all it can be about. Tennis provides a
wonderful backdrop & story line for ministry.

Have you ever thought of writing a devotional book for tennis? I know soccer has done that “Beyond Soccer”
by Rich Daughtridge. I think they have multiple books today.

Well brother, may God bless you with a joyous & blessed CHRISTmas and
may the New Year provide you with good health, peace, joy and love in ALL
you
do!

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!

His

Ralph

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Hey Scott!!

Wanted to drop you a line & wish you a very Merry Christmas!!

My best friend & I met you in Memphis, TN in 2007 at the Morgan Keegan Championships in Feb.

We will be back in 2008 for the entire week and look forward to seeing you there again!!! [hopefully you guys will be there!!]

holiday-bells.jpgThanks for the awesome e-mail about the girl from Indonesia!!

Hope you & yours have a happy holiday season!! Look forward to seeing you guys in Feb!!

Take care!!

-Kelli
South Carolina

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Hi Scott:

First let me start by saying:

May your Christmas and New Year be filled with His amazing love.

Secondly I had written you an email several months back and didn’t get an answer. I am new to your association. I think I have signed up. But I was wondering how mission outreaches work, and can we help start Christian tennis international teams.

I have Kenya and India in mind as I have medical projects focused there. I live in Northern California and am an avid tennis player.

Look forward to hearing from you.christmas_background-ornaments.gif

Smitha

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Scotty!

Hope you have a most merry Christmas!

Did you receive my Christmas newsletter? How are things going for you?
What are your plans for ITCA these days?

Are you going to be at Pacific Life again this year? I’m off to Phoenix Christmas afternoon for Winter nationals with a family from Atlanta.

Bill

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Hi Scott,

just a quick note to say hi and wish you a Merry
Christmas!

You are an inspiration bro!

Maybe in 08 our path’s will cross in God’s
will……..

take care,

Rob

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Thanks for sharing the great works of the Lord in a sport both my husband and I enjoy. It’s great to see a Christian group involved in world wide known sport and not just in our churches.

Keep up the great work!

Merry Christmas & a super 2008!
God Bless,
The Wu’s.

December 6, 2007

Welcome to Int’l Christian Tennis Association!

Posted in christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Player, Fellowship, International Christian Tennis Association, Love, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis, Sports Ministry tagged , , , at 11:43 pm by Scott Paschal

Evgenyi, a tennis coach from Uzbekistan

Madeline, a 12 year old student from Minnesota

Brad, a COO of a seminary from Florida

Alayode, a soccer coach from Nigeria

Jaime, a private teacher from the Philippines

David, an optical manager from Alabama

Jacob, a college student from Pennsylvania

John, a mortgage banker from North Carolina

Craig, a chef and tennis coach from Australia

Kim, a homemaker from Ohio

Fernando, a salesman from the Philippines

John, a high school tennis coach and college history professor from Kansas

Richard, a flight attendant from Missouri

Gerry, a cable tv operator from the Philippines

Adam, a consultant from the UK

Rosell, a fire safety engineer from the Philippines

Michael, a college student and tennis coach from Australia

Tanveer, a media person from India

Victor, a tennis coach from New York

Edward, an engineer from Singapore

Marina, a college student from Egypt

Damoon, a civil engineer from Iran

Godwin, a tennis coach from Nigeria

Nelia, retired and a great grandmother from Oregon

Isabela, a banker from New York

A big ICTA welcome hug goes out to our new December members who joined online at Christiantennis.net! Iran, Egypt, India, Singapore, Uzbekistan…! Wow, you folks are from all over, huh? As I see it, you represent 9 countries!

And then there’s Oregon, New York, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Minnesota… all across the United States… 10 different states in all!

A chef, a teacher, a civil engineer, a flight attendant, a mortgage banker, tennis coaches, college students… what a neat mix of careers from such a variety of interesting places… all brought together in fellowship through the International Christian Tennis Association,all wanting their voices to count in bringing Faith to the forefront in the global tennis industry.

Here’s a neat blog comment we received today….

“Can you help me? I’ve been at the ITCA web site for nearly an hour. We are already members. I just signed my daughter up as well.

I want to make a contribution of $30 so i can replace the t-shirt (now faded) we received for her from you folks at Cincinnati two years ago. Yet i cannot find any link, email, phone number on the site to do this. Just a thought, but it might be wise to have a large log or link right on the web site that says, Donate. It shouldn’t be so hard to make a contribution to a wonderful organization. Please tell me how to do this, so i can get the gift before Christmas. God bless you.” Karen from Lake Elmo, MN

Here’s another one…

“Dear everyone !

It is refreshing to come to a beautiful Christian website of tennis people! I didn’t know you existed. Every day (or perhaps every 3 hours), I get Internet-Alerts about MARTINA HINGIS. I’m a long-time fan!

That was how I found the ICTA.

Thank you for the wonderful things that are written here about her.

On the Dedications page of my new novel titled “___ _____ _____,” published by a North American company, Martina’s name is listed … though not necessarily a dedication. What is mentioned there is something, “To so and so people of the Martina Hingis Fan Community, led by ….. ”

I would very much have loved to dedicate the novel to her, too, but I was a bit hesitant … Over the years, she hasn’t made contact with that Martina-fan group to which I belong, although we’ve tried to reach her. Never mind.

Has she been in touch with you?

For now, I just wish to express my joy in having found your website. It is great to know that I have so many brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus who love tennis.

I will always think of you, and I wish you all a lovely blessed weekend, stepping onto the new winter up there …. and summer here down-under Western Australia.

Love in our Lord Jesus”
Elmie

As we roll into 2008, I am thoroughly grateful to see the incredible international support God is continuing to bring to ICTA. Each person who can see the importance of an organization dedicated to sharing Jesus’ saving grace to the vast global tennis world is so appreciated. Your membership, phone calls, emails of support, blog comments, letters, text messages MEAN SO MUCH to me.

To our ICTA global Christian tennis community in well over 1800 cities in over 50 countries… to the tennis coaches, pastors, youth pastors, lawyers, media, pilots, military, doctors, teachers, homemakers, nurses, bankers, salespeople, dentists, business owners, printers, finance, psychologists, students, paralegals, journalists, authors, tennis umpires, NFL players, government officials, seminary COO’s and professors, college coaches, pro tennis players, college tennis players, scientists, accountants…

to all of you who have cared to help make my dream come true, a dream God placed in my heart and mind… thank you.

And to our wonderful new ICTA members…

WELCOME!!!

God bless,

Scott Paschal

Founder, International Christian Tennis Association
386 793 0557
ballboy4Jesus@yahoo.com

November 8, 2007

Christian Junior and Pro Tennis Players Shine for Christ!

Posted in Athletes in Action Tennis, christian tennis, Christian Tennis Academy, Christian Tennis Mission Trips, Christian Tennis Player, Emma Hustad, Faith, Fellowship, ICTA 3-Week Mission Tour of Mexico, ICTA Women's Christian Pro Tennis Team, International Christian Tennis Association, melody snelen, rachel snelen, scott paschal, Scott Paschal Tennis tagged , , , , , , , at 11:29 pm by Scott Paschal

dscf7076.jpgThings are so busy around the ICTAHouse!

We are all getting ready for ICTA outreaches to Israel and Mexico this month in which the ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Teams will compete in ITF Pro Circuit tournaments!

(pic of me with two students who won their divisions in recent tournament)

On top of preparing two international outreaches… we have junior tournaments to attend, daily high-performance tennis training for students representing 7 countries, discipleship training, schoolwork, accounting, bills :(, grocery shopping, cleaning… missions planning for ’08, strategic ministry growth development, personal goals, putting out “fires”, and so, so, so much more… like I said… this is a happening place, and much work gets done to make ministry happen.

Melody and Rachel Snelen will lead an ICTA Women’s Pro Tennis Team outreach in Ramat Hashoran, Israel, while I take a team to Mexico City, Mexico. This will mark the first time in the history of ICTA that two outreaches will occur at the same time, and personally, I’m excited knowing the name of Jesus will be spoken at these world class tournaments to players, coaches, volunteers, and fans.

Most of you reading this have no idea of the pain so many female players are forced to live through as they attempt to become top pro players. Sexualdscf7049.jpg abuse, drug abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, religious abuse…. Our ICTA player missionaries are highly trained to reach hurting players of all walks of life. Over 6 years of practice, patience, and prayer have developed our methods.

About a dozen now top 100 WTA players have been reached in a meaningful way, in a way that matters that they won’t forget.  In addition, dozens of others ranked from 100 to 1500 WTA, and world class juniors have been reached.  The impact on the pro tour has been profound and stabilizing.

(pic of me and Anastasia as we all celebrated her 1st birthday as a Christian on October 28!)

I’m really looking forward to Mexico City. The player/missionaries I’m traveling with are such good people and a lot of fun. Pretty good tennis players, too. We’ll take lots of pics and videos to share with you.

dscf7059.jpg This pic is of me and one of my friends. He is one of the special mentors God has placed in my life. His business and ministry wisdom is second to none.

In business he invented his entire industry. He has worked with about every US president since I’ve been alive and most major corporations, traveled the world more times and to more places than anyone I’ve ever heard of… and he has helped guide me for a long, long time.

More than any person alive today, this man knows exactly what God has called me to do and exactly why, and he supports and loves me unconditionally as I journey towards God’s development of my life as He prepares me fordscf7055.jpg eternity.

He knows when God calls, you gotta go. And beyond that, he has a complete and clear understanding that a Christian’s reputation and success is determined by God, and God alone.

(here’s a pic of some of my students hanging out during matches)

2007 has been the best year I’ve ever had in ministry. It’s also been the most challenging. Lessons learned from past mistakes and failures are paying off, as is the willingness to take risks.

I’m excited to think about the International Christian Tennis Association 5…10 years from now, and I’m curious as to how God will develop things.

What has been accomplished in the last 7 years in spite of seemingly insurmountable odds is so… well… it’s so amazing dscf2291.jpgthat I really can’t put it into words. The fact that God can believe a piece of poop like me is worth developing is indescribable.

(this is a pic of two international students studying their Bible in a room at my house, ICTAHouse.)

Emma Hustad, who was my summer 2007 intern (and Fellowship of Christian Athletes campus President and Athletes in Action leader), will journey with Rachel and Melody Snelen, and their Mom, to Israel next Tuesday. (ICTA is sending a group of Christian pro tennis players to Israel! That statement gives me goose bumps. Israel. Wow.)

And I’ll be with another team in Mexico! Two teams in two countries. For our little ministry, this is a pretty big undertaking and a really special event!

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(here’s a pic of Mel hitting a volley in practice)

Please keep our missionaries in your prayers. These girls are doing some terrific work sharing their faith, time, food, shelter, etc. with others from around the world.

In a “me” centered world, these young people shine for Christ. They are rare, special, and tremendous examples of Christian pro athletes.

God bless,

Scott Paschal

October 23, 2007

Old School

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Last year and in 2005, I coached a Polish- American kid named Marek. Really good kid. Good junior player, too. His top ranking while I coached him was #1 B18 in America. We developed a strong bond. He was raised Catholic, yet found Jesus when he came to train with me full time. We gave him his first Bible, which he read front to back for the first time ever. His new walk with Jesus was amazing and one of the highlights of my personal ministry to players..

Know what I liked most about Marek? His Dad. His Dad was old school. Old school Polish. How? Physical toughness? No. Brute strength? No. It was his consistency for family values. Marek’s Dad asked of Marek two things. 1. Call daily 2. Give him a kiss every time they see each other. Yep, give him a kiss. Just like when Marek was a little boy, and just like Marek’s dad does with Marek’s Grandfather. Not on the cheek. Right smack on the lips. Yep, you read that right. My friend, that’s old school. It’s toughness and strength, though not American style. And in a world searching for targets to hit, it’s controversial. Probably because it convicts.

dscf2283-1.jpgIn an American lifestyle of super-sized laziness, lost churches, image is everything, kids are an accessory… world, Marek and his dad stand out, and with an incredible example of old school, back in the day, the way it used to be… men actually being men, fathers and sons, grandfathers and grandsons, brothers and brothers, before “sexual orientation lifestyles” stole our rights… before it all got weird… old school ruled. And in some places it still does.

This pic brings me back to reality, old school-reality. This pic of me and Ana reminds me of my days as an athlete when I had a coach I loved and trusted. Ana won a Florida junior tournament where she competed with among the top juniors in the state. I said won, I should have said owned! Because she lost just 6 games the whole tournament. People tournament wide stopped and gawked at her huge game she is developing. People also saw a great bond between the two of us.

This pic shows the love, trust, and appreciation Ana has for her coach. When I first saw this pic, I thought about Marek’s dad. So, Walter, if you are reading this, thanks.

Let’s talk some more old school stuff. Today, an Indonesian family came to visit me. Mom and Dad and their two boys, 11 and 12. For the last month they have been spending a week at different tennis academies searching for the place to take the boys to the next level on a year-round, full time basis. It is a huge decision.

The boys have game. The 12 year old would probably be equal to the #1 B14 in America. His little bro is not far behind. For the last week they had been at IMG (Bolleterri’s). Apparently, they had toured the state spending a week at each of the well known tennis academies. In fact, they even talked to Nick Bolleterri for a while and he said their 12 year old hit the ball with more pop and spin than any 12 year old he had ever seen.

While Ana and I were taking my Jeep to pick David (from Australia) up from his flight back to America after a 10 day visit home, this Indonesian family called… actually for the 2nd time as they had wanted to visit last week, but I was working out of state. As they are related to one of my current students, I agreed, and shortly after they were all at my house.

We all hung out at the ICTAHouse, and went to hit some tennis balls. To make a long story short, they loved our tennis training and living environment. They were excited at the family/home environment and the healthy interaction between the students. No dorms, no unsupervised kids raising kids. And the dad felt my tennis workouts are at a much higher level and better for his sons than all the other academies he had visited. Awesome! What a great compliment. After practice, the Dad said we are on the top of his list of tennis academies to send his two sons… ahead of Bolleterri and everyone! Wow! They had just spent a week at Bolleterri’s and a week at each of the other top academies, and now have placed us at the top.

That was such an affirmation from God to me. Here is this international businessman and his wonderful wife bringing their two cherished sons to America to seek out the place they will allow to basically raise their children both on and off the court. They have the ability to send their sons anywhere. And within just one day in our environment, they decided no other academy is in our league. Basically, Mom and Dad came face to face with old-school work, old-school love, old-school dedication. The boys had a blast, too. To wrap this up, I didn’t agree to coach them at this time. I’m not looking for new students. Maybe they can come in for a camp next spring, and maybe full time starting next summer, but I have my time dedicated to my current athletes/missionaries! They completely understood and will stay in touch. They left full of excitement and appreciation at our ministry to students.

Is a church the building itself, or the fellowship of the people under the guidance of a pastor? What makes a “world-class” church? The amount of stained glass? How tall the ceiling is? The square footage? The gown worn by the priest? I guess it depends upon how you are raised.dscf2225-1.jpg

Is a tennis academy the facility itself, or the athletes training together with their coach? What makes a “world-class”tennis academy? The amount of courts? The whiteness of the director’s Nike shirt? Again, it may just depend on your background.

What I do know is the last 24 hours have brought up a lot of thoughts. And then God swiftly focused me in the direction He has for me to follow at this point in my life. The timing of this is amazing. It’s an old school direction. It’s “meeting under a tree for church”, back in the day type of stuff.

God has me coach world-class, mainly non-American, Christian athletes who travel world-wide. They have been raised in tennis by their parents and have become accustomed to traveling basically alone worldwide to tournaments since they were 13 to 15 years of age. When at the tournament, they seek out free host homes or find players to room with, both situations mean they stay with strangers.

A host home for a week in a strange country with a family or person they don’t know. That is their life. Planes, trains, buses, motels, host homes, tennis matches. I understand. I get it. It’s not American. It’s not lazy. It’s not supersized overprotection. It’s the real world. It’s life not seen through the lenses of having nursed on MTV. When these people do something, they get it done. When these people call themselves Christian, they mean it. When they seek a better life for their children, it’s a different better than American’s understand. It’s a toughness for excellence we just don’t comprehend. Don’t wonder too long why American tennis is so weak… and why American Christians are so… don’t get me started.

What International Christian Tennis Association offers is old school ministry to our players. Outreaches and discipleship. Nothing flashy. Nothing trendy. The tennis training is turning the heads of those who want substance and relevance and purpose. Again, nothing flashy. Nothing trendy. Just old school.

To wrap this up, the second pic is of the girl’s pro team at church. 5 girls. 5 amazing stories in life. God working in and through them.

Teamwork. Friendship. Hard work. Dedication. Caring. Missionaries.

Old School.


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