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mel gifts kids newport Serve Hard eNewsletter Christiantennis.net August 2005

 

In this issue...

Pro Player Ministry

Coach Scotty's 4th CD: Arriving by Chris Tomlin

A Summer 2005 Note to ICTA...

ICTA Pro Team Update

USPTA/PTR Mentoring Program

Surviving a Heart Attack When Alone


 

Mission Trip: Cincinnati 2005
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ICTA Global Missions is preparing for a large scale short term mission project this August 10-23, 2005 during the largest men's pro tournament in the world! This $2,450,000 event will be attended by 150,000 from around the world.

Your ICTA Staff has secured a coveted exhibitor's booth directly inside of this prestigious event. We will bring thousands of Bibles, Christian books, CDs, videos, ICTA balloons and bookmarks, Christian tracts from Gotlife.com, brochures...

Locals and Cincinnati 2005 participants will enjoy an ICTA Church Service the Sunday of the Finals. Learn More...

  Dear Friends

Thank you so much for your membership to the International Christian Tennis Association. Each member is very special to me and to our staff. Your emails, phone calls, and letters of support truly mean more to us than you can realize.

Each and every week I volunteer between 80 and 100 hours of my time in His service as President of ICTA. Your entire ICTA staff volunteers between 220 and 300 hours weekly. This we do happily, and with a sense of excitement.

The fruits of this ministry are wonderful. Souls are being led to Christ! A suicide by a former ATP pro was stopped and his new life in Jesus has began! 1000's of Christian book/Bibles we have personally distributed are strengthening the saints!

A worldwide body of believers is gathering! Sports ministries are being built by ICTA within local communities and churches! Youth are being taught how to preach! By the end of August, this tiny sports ministry will have reached over 500,000 for Christ.

What is yet to come for this sports ministry is awesome. The plans God has set in motion give me goose bumps. The next several months will lay the ministry foundation to last a lifetime. I'm excited you and I are here to be part of this. Each month I will fill you in as plans come together.

God bless each of our wonderful members from over 1210 cities in 41 countries!

Scotty Paschal

President, ICTA Inc


 
 
 
  • Pro Player Ministry
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    ICTA's unique Pro Player Ministry shares the Gospel with professional tennis players, leads pro players to a new life in Christ, disciples pro players to further understanding of how to be like Christ, equips players to stand strong in their faith in Christ during adversity, and supports players as they follow the Great Commission of Christ.

    The fruits of this ministry are blossoming. Professional tennis players on the WTA and ATP tour are receiving Christian Bibles, books, CDs, videos, brochures, and tracts in many languages. Younger 16 to 25 year old pro players receive Christian guidance. Older player are guided to potential new career paths.

    Scotty talked a former top 50 ATP player out of committing suicide and led him to Christ. Top WTA players are receiving much needed help for eating disorders through one on one counseling with Scotty and special education.

    Coaches and parents of the professional tennis players receive Christian counseling. Scotty has traveled to the home of pro players to counsel and develop life plans.

    Players have 24 hour a day access to Scotty via his cell and his email for Christian counseling, advice, and support. Church support via ICTA member pastors in: New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Madrid, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Rome, Cincinnati, Monte Carlo, Paris, Athens...

       
     
  • Coach Scotty's 4th CD: Arriving by Chris Tomlin
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    This is Scotty. Most of you who know me understand I'm not much into anything that combines electricity and entertainment.

    Give me a mountain bike and a long winding lakeside trail or a kayak and a river in Colorado. Send me out to any tennis court with a partner, my old school Prince Graphite, and a couple of tennis balls or let me read another fantastic Christian book by people like Randy Alcorn, John Maxwell, or David Nasser.

    Sure, I enjoy going to a good movie or spending a day at a fun theme park. Those things I can do with a group of friends while we all have a great time with each other.

    But, if it takes electricity for me to enjoy something, my first instinct is to get bored, and picture the lost millions of people dangling in satan's web of electronic fun.

    Well, having said that, the friends I have who put up with my off beat nature sometimes attempt to introduce me to the possibility that electric entertainment hasn't totally ruined Generation Y.

    I listen as long as I can, then quickly dismiss their proposal. I admit to them I am a 38 year old dinosaur and slowly crawl back into the dark ages of Bible study,  reading, writing, talking face to face, praying, riding bikes, playing ping pong and board games, family dinners at the table...

    Something did happen, though, not too long ago that I am going to go out on the end of a branch of the current tree I'm in and tell you! Some of you will be happy, some maybe sad, but overall just know I haven't budged and I am my same boring to the world's standards, relationship building self.

    Here's what happened. A ministry buddy of mine invited both me and my tennis academy students to a town in Central Florida to attend a "youth" Christian event. While there my buddy introduced me to one of his friends who enjoys Christian music.

    To me, at the time, most Christian music was a lot of garbage rock and roll that occasionally threw in the name of Jesus to help them sell a couple more records. Oops, I meant CDs.

    Truthfully, during everyday life as I travel around the country sharing Jesus, I personally would get sad and ill just watching the kids walk around with their electronic SATANPODS, sorry, I mean IPODS, on while shutting out the entire world in the name of needing "my space to enjoy my music" or parroting "my music helps me relax."  Funny, Jesus helps me relax. 

    These are the same kids who spend hours browsing the Satannet on their Lucifertop computers in their bedrooms or watching nothing at all beneficial on the new high definition Satanvision Set mom and dad cradled home into the family's church in the house.

    I particularly have to do a double take when I see another 16 year old girl smoking a cigarette while flying down the road in her dad's car and talking on her Satancell to absolutely no one who couldn't wait ten minutes to hear the nothing she had to say.

    And, believe me, you don't want me to discuss even my mildest thoughts about video games.

    This electronic world has done to our kids what we were supposed to do as their Christian guides, which is totally consume and captivate them.

    So, anyway, back to my story. Remember, my ministry buddy introduced me to a ministry buddy of his while we were in this Central Florida town. This new guy really likes Christian music. So does my ministry buddy. I, as you may have figured out by now, didn't.

    In fact, you should know that in my entire lifetime up to that point I had only owned just 3 CDs? Yep, 3. I'm 38. One of those was Summer of 69 by Brian Adams way back in the 80's during my developing days when I knew everything, but that's another story.

    Well, my new ministry friend fired up a computer and took me to a web site on the Satannet. He played a couple of ditties from a Christian music artist. The songs were pretty good.

    Well, ok, they were really good.

    In fact, they were awesome. He then took me to a web site where you can download music to SATANPODS. (I found it no coincidence the website was owned by a company named Apple.)

    We looked on that spooky to me web site at a few more tunes sung by this Christian music artist, then shut down the Satannet and talked. A few weeks later my new friend sent me a CD! My 4th. It was the latest CD from the Christian music artist we had listened to.

    I unwrapped the CD in a manner similar to Charlie when he was looking in the chocolate bar for the gold ticket from Mr. Wonka. What would this 4th official CD of mine bring to my life? I had a lot of hope, but didn't want to get too disappointed if just a few songs were the real deal.

    Turns out, I've played this particular CD at least a hundred times. It's probably started to melt into my CD player in my black Jeep Wrangler. The songs are real. They worship Christ. They're a good thing.

    I've personally benefited from their message as have those around me. Ministry is hard work. Ministers get beaten up. Satan works overtime to knock us over. I've personally enjoyed witnessing the power of Christian ministry express itself to me and my personal struggles through my new CD.

    The name of my 4th official CD is Arriving by Chris Tomlin. His web site is www.ChrisTomlin.com. I'm pretty sure you can preview and/or purchase his tunes there.

    I went to see him in concert not too long ago here in Florida. He was on tour with Steven Curtis Chapman and Casting Crowns. My whole Christian Tennis Academy went. We had a great time. It was the first concert I'd gone to since I saw Bryan Adams in Dallas back in 1987, but, as I mentioned earlier, that's another story.

    Chris Tomlin was a fun guy to watch on stage for sure! The guy never stopped moving around and connecting with the audience. As a coach, I appreciated all that footwork! I'd bet he would make a pretty good tennis player. In fact, he did look sort of sun burnt on stage that night, maybe he had been cranking some forehands in the Florida sun!

    You know, in the sporting world and in tennis especially, my life is to infect the masses with thoughts of Faith in Christ. This ministry, against all odds, has sprinted headfirst with worldly eyes closed and faith eyes wide open directly onto an international platform where millions could be reached for Christ.

    The number of Christians involved in tennis as a participant, fan, or industry on a global scale is tiny as compared to the enormous secular tennis world machine. That's why each of our International Christian Tennis Association members and ministry partners are special. You are needed, rare, and appreciated.

    This Tomlin guy is pretty special, too. Guys like him can reach kids and adults caught up in the secular world. He has stepped center stage into satan's electronic territories and has attempted to pull the kids out of satan's lies simply by using his voice.

    That is amazing to me.

    Ok, well it is time for me to go for now. I just wanted to let everyone who knows me hear how I actually managed to peek past my self installed barriers and took notice of something very good boldly proclaiming the Gospel in the midst of the electric entertainment system satan plugged into the hearts and minds of our youth.

    I guess that means there is hope for me, yet. Maybe soon I will learn how to set the clock on my VCR.

    God bless, Scotty

       
     
  • A Summer 2005 Note to ICTA...
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    The International Christian Tennis Association has awesome coaches and role models for our daughter, Brittiny! They do not settle for second best. They have high standards and morals for our children to abide by. I love all of the coaches as if they are like my family.

    We even had the privilege to have one of the coaches come and stay with us here in Idaho for a visit from Florida a couple of years ago. She was such a joy to all of us. You truly are building relationships for a lifetime when you send your child to the ICTA. They care about the youth and where they are going in life.

    Several years ago, our daughter, Brittiny, was online looking for a tennis academy and found the ICTA web site all by herself. Britt was ranked #1 G12 Intermountain and was interested in further developing her tennis game. I talked with Coach Scottie and was awe struck how God once again puts people in our lives and we have no control over His ultimate plan.

    The International Christian Tennis Association has given my daughter so many opportunities that we could have never been able to give her. We are so grateful to the ICTA and wish all fellow Christian tennis athletes could go there and train. Brittiny is now almost 15 and we send her to train with the ICTA and attend ICTA Global Mission trips at every opportunity we can.

    What a gift from God! Thank you ICTA for all you do. I wish everyone knew how hard you all work to further the Kingdom of God.

    Lynn Moore~ Idaho

      ICTA Testimonials
     
  • ICTA Pro Team Update
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    God is great!

    He has to be with all the new stuff going on in my life.

    I'm Marek Czerwinski. I train fulltime with Coach Scott Paschal at ICTA's tennis academy in Florida and I am pumped because God is about to take me across the USA (California, Texas, Hawaii) and to Europe (Italy, Spain, Great Britain) to compete in some ITF Futures pro tournaments while on ICTA Pro Team mission trips.

    This is going to be a great opportunity for me to do Christian missions work in another country for the first time!

    Recently, I had a talk with, Scotty, about the amazing changes I've been going through for the past couple of months. He had me write down all of the changes I could see. He gave me 5 minutes to do it in. Well, I wrote down 82 different things!

    These changes range from hiding the toss on my serve and adding a swinging volley to keeping a journal and reading the New Testament. Now, looking back, it is amazing to see God could change so much in my life in such a short amount of time.

    These huge changes are both physical and psychological, and they are starting to have an incredible impact on my life. God has come into my life in a way I can feel and is molding me into someone who can be a strong disciple!

    He is making me stronger physically and mentally and he's making me realize what it means to be disciplined in working hard for Christ. I've got some aches and pains from Scotty's crazy hard tennis and fitness workouts, along with 6 more pounds of rock hard muscle to prove it!

    Plus, I'm reading the New Testament in my Bible for the first time in my life. Since I was raised Catholic, this is a big deal. It is awesome to learn I can have a personal relationship with Jesus.

    I'm also knowing what it means to bring Christ into the lives of others by mentoring younger students here at ICTA'sChristian Tennis Academy, and giving others encourangement and courage through the journal entry I keep online at Christiantennis.net.

    I've been reading so much of the New Testament and other great Christian books, and it has given me wisdom and a whole new outlook on how God can use me right now to reach others.

    I can't wait to find out what God is going to coach me through in the near future!

    God bless each of you,

    Marek Czerwinski

      Visit Marek's Online Journal
     
  • USPTA/PTR Mentoring Program
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    Your International Christian Tennis Association has a goal for 2005-2006 to mentor 250 ICTA members to become United States Professional Tennis Association, USPTA, or Professional Tennis Registry, PTR, certified tennis teaching professionals.

    Testing will be done at ICTA's international headquarters in Palm Coast, Florida.

    At this time ICTA does not officially endorse either the USPTA or the PTR as our official partner. Negotiations with both the USPTA and the PTR will determine who we recommend and use as our yearly certification for teaching professionals. You can send us your opinion anytime.

    Members worldwide will travel to Palm Coast for training and testing. ICTA plans for an official Christian Certification for teaching pros in 2006 to compliment the USPTA or PTR certification for our members.

    To join in the International Christian Tennis Association's mentoring program for certification as a USPTA or PTR teaching professional, contact us at your convenience.

       
     
  • Surviving a Heart Attack When Alone
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    Heart Attack Procedure: HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this article informs a dozen people about it, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life. Please contact your personal health care physician for verification of the information in this article.

    Read this... It could save your life!! Women should also know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting.

    Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.

    60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know helps. Let's say it's 6.15 pm and you're driving home, alone of course, after an unusually hard day on the job. You're tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw.

    You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the person that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.

    Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

    However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must! be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

    A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.

    Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keeps the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

    Please share this with others, it could possibly save their lives!

       
     
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    Welcome New ICTA Members

     

    • Ajai, India, ATP Pro Player
    • Kyle J, Illinois, College Tennis
    • Aaron, Kentucky, ATP Chair Umpire
    • Gerard L, South Carolina, Preacher
    • Maris G, Latvia, Engineer
    • Toyloria H, Texas, Student
    • Steppie W, Alabama, Hotel Management
    • Cindy V, Philippines, Missionary
    • Sambo O, Kenya, Business
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    • James W, Texas, Retired Pro
    • Akheem A, Pakistan, Engineer
    • Kieth M, Ohio, Pastor
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    • John F, Tennessee, Tennis Pro
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    • Ron B, Ohio, Golf Course Owner
    • Iqbal H, Kuwait, Military
    • Todd E, China, Missionary
    • Ellen M, Alabama, Housewife
    • Johnson A, Nigeria, Tour Operator
    • Ron R, Ohio, School Administrator
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    • Ruth S, St. Charles, Accountant
    • Jan K, Wisconsin, Retired Nurse
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    • Armando S, Philippines, Pastor
    • Toby K, Illinois, Principle
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    • Sharlene L, Kentucky, Law Professor
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    • Ryan B, Philippines, Architect
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