October 16, 2010

2010 International Christian Tennis Association Summer Updates..and more!

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ICTA Founder, Scott Paschal, with ICTA Student Leadership interns Mark and David

Really proud of these two guys!

Have coached and discipled Mark (left..from Mexico where his parents plant churches) full time for 4+ years and David (aka: Aussie..from Australia) for 3+ years. Both are now in student leadership positions with International Christian Tennis Association and are founding members of the ICTA Men’s Pro Tennis Team.

2010 has been an outstanding year for International Christian Tennis Association.  Mark and David are a shining example of how God is working in and through our little Christian sports ministry.

During the next week I will write updates for you here in this ICTABlog post.

Mark warming up Anastasia @ ITF $10,000 Pro Tournament in Williamsburg, Va. Ana was #3 seed singles and #1 seed doubles. Mark assisted me the entire week to develop his outreach skills & understanding of the ITF Pro Circuit.

As many of you have noticed, I simply haven’t had the time to write blog updates like I used to.

This article will help catch you up on all the neat stuff going on here the past few months with International Christian Tennis Association.

I will write several times this week and will publish what I write each time for you to read. That said..understand this will be a work in progress. 🙂

Right now, I’m signing off to head out to the tennis courts to coach my Brazilian, Ukrainian, and Israeli players at a beautiful tennis location next to the ocean!

God bless and will check back in soon to write more…here on this article!  Scotty

Amazing video. I saw it and was instantly humbled. Especially when I first saw the living area for the Guatemalan pastor and his family, next to his church.

What I’m writing in this section isn’t International Christian Tennis Association stuff. Yet, it’s something that has impacted me, thus affecting my life, and my work.

My wife, Melody, brightening up the childrens' day with facepainting!

My awesome wife, Melody, journeyed to Guatemala on a 10 day medical mission trip.

She shot lots of great pics, and some videos..including this impactful video.

A friend of Melody’s parents for 30+ years, Karen, organizes this trip yearly. Karen is an incredible person.

Melody traveled to and through Guatemala with the entire medical missions team.

Remember hearing recently about the rain storms pounding Guatemala..wiping out bridges, creating sink holes, and basically bringing the country to a standstill? The medical mission team was in Guatemala at the time.

Mel’s sister’s fiance (now husband), Kevin, was part of the medical mission team as the team’s medical doctor.

My brother-in-law, Kevin, was the medical doctor for the outreach. 100's of Guatemalan received free medical care. Each was then prayed over!

In addition to organizing the medical mission outreach, Karen organized an entire Pastor’s Conference.

Like I said..she is incredible.

The video above shows Karen and her team preparing the church for the pastor’s conference, the never-ending rain, and the living conditions for the pastor’s family.

Like I said..I was immediately humbled. Not just from the living conditions, but also from seeing the love Karen has for the people of Guatemala.

She could be at home watching TV…and complaining about life… like so many others. Yet, there she is in her 60’s impacting lives for the Kingdom.

Literally..100’s of locals received free medical care!! Toys were given away..(and tennis balls!). Pastors had a conference to attend!

Karen and the entire medical team is an inspiration for me.

Will check back in soon to write more updates..! God bless!  Scotty

 

Alex, Ana, Aussie, Nik, Adam. Mel in front.

Something pretty awesome our tennis academy students had the opportunity to attend was Student Leadership University!

Student Leadership University is unlike anything you’ve ever encountered. Designed with the student in mind, they encourage these young leaders to commit themselves to excellence. SLU challenges students to develop the ability to rise above self, circumstances, obstacles, change and the crowd.

Their aim is to equip, motivate, enable and empower students for present and future leadership in their schools, churches, teams, families and workplaces. SLU believes their training gives students a 20-year quantum leap on a global level that accelerates the students’ leadership decisions.

Modeled after Fortune 500 corporate leadership seminars, each student is exposed to comprehensive programs focusing on leadership skills. These skills include time and life management, goal setting, dealing with conflict and difficult people, and developing a Christian worldview.

The Dad of one of my full time tennis academy students is on SLU’s board of directors.  As such, we were so blessed to have this incredible opportunity to attend SLU 101 at the Marriot hotel next to Orlando International airport.

Here are some of the programs… and click here to learn more!

• Time and Life Management Skills
• People Skills
• Goal Setting
• Dealing with Conflict and Difficult People
• Developing a Christian Worldview
• Servant Leadership
• How to Defend the Faith
• Insights from Business, Ministry and Government Leaders

Ok..to wrap up today’s journal entry, I’d like to share with you an email I received from the Dad of one of my 13 year old summer academy students from Venezuela…

Good Morning Scotty,

Juan Jesus arrived home yesterday morning after spending a week in Houston.

I would like to take this moment to thank God, you Scotty, Melody and all the beautiful people part of the team at Palm Coast for the opportunity of giving my son the gift of sharing three weeks at International Christian Tennis Association tennis camps.

Yes, I am sure he is hitting the ball better, ( Alex was immediately improved in the tennis trial outs for his school when he arrived from ICTA) but also JJ has also matured positively as a young man and as a Son of God.

One of his first comments was that he would like to go back next year for one month………..that says many, many things….!

Again THANK YOU ALL and God Bless your Ministry…..      Juan

God bless you all!

Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association, Founder

 

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June 28, 2010

Get Out Of The Boat!

Posted in Faith, ICTA Tennis, International Christian Tennis Association, Leadership, Scott Paschal Tennis, Sports Ministry, Tennis Athletes in Action, Tennis Devotionals, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 10:23 am by Scott Paschal

So blessed to reach 300,000+ for Christ at world's 5th largest professional tennis tournament.

To go from a fisherman to fishers of men.

The privilege, the honor, is mind blowing.

Jesus called for Simon and his bro, Andrew, to drop their fishing nets and follow him.  (matt 4:18-20) They did. Me, too!

Mexico, USA, Australia, Canada..ICTA is raising strong Christian leaders to impact nations.

Cool thing here for me to think about…Jesus knew that Simon, Pete, and I were ridiculously flawed.  Yet, he still wanted to bring us into his inner circle.

He didn’t ask for our grades in seminary, didn’t want 10 references, wasn’t interested in checking our credit score…and He def didn’t care if we made Him look good.

He said to drop everything and follow him. We did.

Pete even walked on water to follow Jesus. Lol…check this out…

“During the 4th watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. ‘It’s a ghost,’  they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’ ‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come out to you on the water.’  ‘Come on,’  He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”  matt 14:24-25 (niv)

I remember clearly when God called me to “drop the net.”  He put the words…International Christian Tennis Association…in my thoughts.

He then relentlessly developed my imagination to see mission trips to the world’s most famous pro tennis tournaments, a world class Christian tennis academy, pro tennis teams traveling the world sharing their faith, a global membership of believers…

The words…International Christian Tennis Association…were so clear that I dropped everything and my life changed. When you truly see God calling, you know. You might not exactly know what to do next…but you know that you know. 🙂

My wife, Mel (front left), leading 2010 ICTA Pro Team throughout Egypt. The team impacted Russian player, Lera (front right)...and countless others.

For a while I followed God in “my own little boat.”  Then, like Pete, I got out. And, like Pete, I sank, too, after a few steps as doubt crept in.

But, there was no doubt what happened for those first steps out of the boat.

The vision God gave to me, the way God created my new imagination, the “walking on water” steps He gave me…are all very real. Same with my flaws he recruited me with. Very real.

Now, eleven years later… ICTA has reached 2,000,000+ people at famous tennis events on large-scale ICTA Global Outreach mission trips. Our incredible tennis academy program has developed players full time from 23 countries and 16 USA states.

Our ICTA Pro Tennis Team has reached 1000’s for Christ at pro tennis tournaments worldwide from Israel to Italy to Nigeria and beyond! Christian tennis.net gains over 100,000 visitors yearly, this blog has had over 150,000 readers…and ICTA membership has exploded worldwide to reach over 2000 cities in 60+ countries.

People have come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.  Seeds have been planted. In what is a truly Jesus-less sport worldwide, He is becoming known

My mom! It is a blessing for all of us who have Moms who pray for us. I am fortunate, indeed!

Aisa..Buddhism. Middle East..Islam. Globally, tennis is 80% non-Christian. Our harvest field is huge.

The potential to impact nations is fantastic. Political leaders, business owners, celebrities…worldwide…from all religions…they play tennis as their source of recreation and physical renewal and stress relief.

ICTA is raising up teen leaders to impact a global population. ICTA is reaching 100,000’s yearly at famous pro tournaments. ICTA is challenging the hearts and minds of world class athletes worldwide to question their religions they were born into.  And, ICTA is confronting an over-churched, passive American Christianity culture to realize God’s plan for our nation.

Personally, I can tell you from experience that your life will change when you choose to follow Jesus.

And, when you follow, you will have your opportunities to “get out of the boat.”

Let me know how I can help.

I’m here for you guys. I know life is hard.  And I know following Jesus can be tough, too…

It’s tough partly because anytime we get out of a boat…we end up rocking the boat.

Others may become upset because our bold choices are rocking the boat they are routinely sitting in.

Also, we will probably make waves around us, which may disturb others comfortably sitting in their boats.

You may even feel like your boat will tip over as you step out, over the side and into the water.

And, let’s be honest here,  to those watching us…it can seem pretty insane for us to claim we’ve heard Jesus’ call…and are about to walk on water! Lol..!

Scott and Melody Paschal

But, that’s ok.  Keep focused on Jesus.

Focus on the One walking on the water calling you to come to him…!

Step out!  Rock the boat!  Make some waves! Go for it!

Send me an email or give me a call. I am here to help. I do care. You are important.

We can take some time, together, and make some waves..! Lol…

God bless,

Scott Paschal

International Christian Tennis Association, President

Ultimate Impact Tennis Academy, Owner

June 7, 2010

Coach Scotty Paschal’s Maine Point..!

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We love to visit Mom in Maine! (click pic to enlarge)

Melody and I were able to take a few days off at the end of May!

Days off are rare around here.  Really rare.

Managing, maintaining, and growing a world class tennis academy program that has impacted junior and pro tennis players from 23 countries and 15 USA states, since 2001, who have trained with us full time, takes a lot of work.

Throw in developing International Christian Tennis Association, which has reached well over 1,800,000 tennis fans on large-scale mission trip outreaches to famous professional tennis tournaments…and, well, you get the idea…

So, when we have these really rare days off, what do we like to do?

Paris? Hawaii? Nope.

We like to visit my Mom in Maine! Lol…

My Mom is awesome. She’s Italian 100%.  Was a teacher for decades..and a shrink. I am very fortunate to have had my Mom for a mom.

We made a pic collage of our trip for you.  Couple pics of Mom ( in the kitchen, of course),  me and Mel, and the Lobsters we bought for just $5.99lb (so cheap!) in Portland.

God bless,

Coach Scotty

International Christian Tennis Association, President

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

June 24, 2008

WOW… WOW!!

Posted in International Christian Tennis Association, Uncategorized tagged , , at 9:48 am by Scott Paschal

Through a God-sized series of unplanned events, one of the America’s foremost Christian businessmen, and his wife, have just offered my Christian tennis missions & academy students the opportunity to potentially relocate their tennis, missions, and discipleship training to one of his properties, which was originally designed as a corporate retreat.

This unique Florida based property has…

  • 2 tennis courts
  • Large heated swimming pool w/ deck
  • 6 hotel styled, fully furnished, luxury rooms; each complete w/ own air-conditioning unit & bathroom
  • Approx 7000′
  • 3 large living areas w/ 20′ ceilings & glass walls
  • Multiple storage rooms
  • Fully furnished
  • 20+ person dining table
  • On lake
  • On golf course
  • Billiard table
  • Ping Pong table
  • 14 car parking
  • Game room
  • 2 washers & dryers
  • 6 burner gas stove
  • Industrial style kitchen w/ two refrigerators and two ovens
  • Conference room
  • Sauna
  • 6 full bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms, 1 additional shower
  • In wall hide-a-way guest bed
  • Fishing from back deck
  • Beautifully landscaped 8 acres
  • Safe, luxury gated community
  • Minutes from beach

The entire facility is large enough to comfortably host 20-25 full time ministry students and a house manager.

Additional homes in the gated community are available to house overflow students, plus… coaches, parents, guests, and me 🙂 .

Several years ago we were in negotiations to purchase/rent the Grenelefe Tennis Center in Haines City, Fl. The deal fell through last minute as a new ownership group bought the place.  I was pretty disappointed, and have been somewhat “gun shy” about new opportunities since.

This current opportunity is different as the ownership is steady and reliable, and God set up the meeting, not me.   The Christian founder of a billion $ corporation tends to be much more trustworthy than a group of 30-something year old non-Christian  business partners trying to make a fast buck.  As such, I find myself curiously excited at the present potential opportunity.

We have clearly outgrown our current location.  Though I love it here very much, I continually am forced to turn away students due to lack of space.  And turning away high-quality students is bad business and bad ministry.   It truly bothers me each time I tell a kid they can’t come.

So, God gives us an opportunity to possibly grow from 6-8 full time players to 20-25 full time players.  Plus, plenty of room for part time campers in local housing.

The potential in this situation means that more and more professional tennis players will be able to have a Christian home base for training. The impact from this could be world reaching for the Kingdom as the pro tennis player gains knowledge of Jesus and shares this knowledge with their fans, family, and country.

And more tennis teens from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as Eastern Europe & South America, will have opportunity to be grow and develop their faith and tennis in a positive, Christian environment that they currently do not have.

And so many more international students will learn about Jesus and take their knowledge back home.

And more kids will go to college on tennis scholarships and gain a new life and a new hope for a brighter future….

Let me now, though, make sure I clearly explain that we don’t yet have use of the property, and may never.  I want to make that clear to you.

Possibly nothing comes from it at all.

I don’t know what will happen, but what I do know is this unexpected opportunity looks good, the owner is genuine, and God clearly put us all together at an amazing time.

Please keep this in your prayers.  I’ll keep you updated.

God bless,  Scott Paschal

PS.  Facebook challenge update… I’m up to 107 friends!  Keep ’em coming and let’s roll the challenge number up to 150!