When God first planted the dream of international sports ministry in my heart, he brought many people to advise, support, and develop me as a person, thus shaping and growing the development of the International Christian Tennis Association.
One such person was Sue, a Mormon. I was the coach of Sue's son, Joe. Their family had been Mormon for generations.
As both Sue and Joe began to attempt to convert me to their cult, I politely listened and worked diligently to develop a positive relationship with them both.
Rachel Snelen and Melody Snelen, two of my Christian students, also worked with Sue.
Neither Sue or Joe really knew they were not Christian.
In fact, they truly felt they were strong Christians being used by God....
Over a period of a year, Sue came to a realization she was involved in the satanic cult of a false doctrine called Mormonism.
Through much research and study of questions I asked her, Sue's eyes began to open....
Sue is now a Christian. She and her son, Joe, are both Christians. Abandoned in many ways by their family, abused for years from religious ways, both Sue and Joe are recovering, slowly but surely, and discovering a loving God who has a plan for their lives.
I have been Joe's coach since 1999! He is such a special friend to me, and is now playing college tennis at a Christian university!
Sue is still involved daily in the International Christian Tennis Association!
Since 1999, we have all traveled a journey out of Mormonism for them and into the loving Grace that is God.
Sue wants you to meet her and know her. Thus, she has allowed her testimony of her time with ICTA.
Sue was there when we first started, has stayed with us here at the ICTA House, sent her son to stay with us for years, has traveled with us on mission trips to famous tennis events... she knows our heartbeat....
Be blessed as you read from someone who knows firsthand about both myself and the International Christian Tennis Association.
My name is Sue B. As a mother of a young teenage boy, you pray that God will send positive role models, friends and opportunities into your son's life to help him grow into a mature, successful upstanding adult.
The International Christian Tennis Association was just such an answer to prayer for my son Joe.
We first met Coach Scott Paschal and the International Christian Tennis Association team almost 6 years ago.
We have been blessed to watch the ICTA grow and be blessed as it is develops into a more and more successful Christian tennis academy and ministry.
Joe and the other tennis players are dedicated athletes who work hard to improve their tennis game and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others.
When I visit the team in Palm Coast, I am very impressed with the high performance tennis and fitness training, nutrition schedule, and with how much the kids love to grow as players and in their personal lives.
I love getting to know the players and I can see how Christ has touched their lives. I have had the opportunity to travel on ICTA mission trips as a volunteer, and I am continually impressed with how enthusiastic the kids are to share Christ with others and to serve in the communities we visit.
The mission trips are well planned and first rate. Myself and the other volunteers feel fortunate to participate in such caring Christian volunteer work.
Any player who has the opportunity to train with the ICTA Christian Tennis Academy in Florida receives a high level of tennis training under the direction of a caring and talented coach.
I have personally seen many players attend Scotty’s tennis academy and end up feeling much better about themselves and with an improved spark in their tennis game.
It seems to me that Coach Scotty has an ability to see just what needs to be worked on to help the player improve their game immediately. I have witnessed this personally over and over with ranked pro players and top nationally ranked international junior players.
He then works with them to establish a regular training schedule with their local coaches and a supporting nutrition regimen tailored to their needs to help them move even farther forward.
Coach Scotty cares about his players and establishes a long term friendship and working relationship with them.
Joe and the other players get to train in a moral and supportive environment that I have been very impressed with.
One of the things I really enjoy is watching ICTA’s Discipleship Training classes. What a blessing and a refreshing change from the tennis academy norm!!
The Christian teaching materials used are well written and are the same ones ICTA distributes on mission trips. When visiting, the parent’s of the students are actively involved and we all have such fun.
Some kids are so shy at first when they get up to share a little bit about how Christ has touched their lives, and others are born teachers that can't wait for another opportunity to share Jesus with others!
All students learn in this family friendly, Christian atmosphere!
Then they all head to the courts with revitalized spirits and a desire to work hard and improve their games so that they can use the talents they are blessed with to continue to travel to tennis tournaments to play hard and again have the opportunity to help bring others to Jesus Christ.
I highly recommend training with the ICTA for any player that has the opportunity.
I also recommend that anyone whom feels impressed to help bring others to a knowledge of Christ take the opportunity to travel with the ICTA on a rewarding mission trip or travel tour!
Sue B., ICTA Tennis Mom and ICTA Volunteer since 1999!!
Powerful article, shows the true spirit that a Christian Minestry should have. It sounds like the staff and members of the International Christian Tennis Association know how to follow the great commission, truly helping individuals find the Grace of God.
Wow... thanks Amy! This is Scott Paschal. Great to receive such a nice review. I just came back from Orlando where the International Christian Tennis enjoyed a fantastic mission trip to a junior tennis tournament. One of my juniors passed out dozens of Christian Tennis tracts to the players, coaches, and parents. Many people are not Christian, yet really appreciate others who actually try and reach them for Christ. A sad reality is 140,000 people die each day... yet an even sadder reality is most Christians never profess their faith. Well, the International Christian Tennis Association is working hard to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God bless and thanks for writing! I look forward to hearing from you about my other articles and learning about your thoughts. Scott Paschal
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