Two days to go until we begin our journey to Memphis! So much work still yet to do! Tennis ministry is awesome...
Getting ready for an International Christian Tennis Association large scale mission trip takes literally dozens of hours and months of planning. So much is involved! Airlines, buses, rental cars, hotels, host homes, drivers, schedules, volunteers.
Then there is preparing for being in the mission field itself. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Bibles, tracks, books, t-shirts, bags, fans, balloons, stickers, etc. must be carefully ordered and paid for shipped and transported and unloaded and arranged and distributed and accounted for.
Plus, church partners must be found, booths costing up to $15,000 each must be leased, meetings with pastors & tennis pros must be scheduled, sponsors located... and once this is accomplished the International Christian Tennis Association staff, Christian tennis academy students, and volunteers need to be trained and preped for the adventure.
It's a lot of work, but I love it because I love growing the game and sharing His fame.
Today has been a packed box of fun!
Melody Snelen and her team returned from Clearwater around 2 am. last night. They enjoyed a strong ICTA Women's Pro Tennis Team mission trip to a Wildcard tournament.
Rachel Snelen and her team are preparing to leave Canada. We'll meet them in Birmingham, Alabama, then all drive together to Memphis.
I've been on the phone most of the day working on building our upcoming ICTA Indoor/Outdoor Tennis Facility... arranging and paying for more booths at major junior and pro tennis tournaments for 2007, 2008, and 2009... and sending my Mom a Valentine.