Merry Christmas from Kelly and Tait!
Merry Christmas friends,
Well, it's time for the annual tradition of writing the Christmas /end-of-the-year ministry update letter. I, Tait, looked up the last update that I sent out in June and noted that my highlights came early in the year.
Tyra and Wyatt were inseparable. Both had severe disabilities, but their friendship ran deep. One of their regular activities was for Tyra to build something on Wyatt's wheelchair tray and he would knock it down. She would point her finger
Mary Jane 1930-2022
Devotional,Disability Ministry,Ministry Update
July 7, 2022 —- How am I supposed to feel today? No more jokes, or teaching, or hugs, or emails, or… But she left us two years ago. Dementia is a terrible thing.
I was glad I saw her for the
Happy Summer! Things are happening in colorado with the ministry, school, and work, and I wanted to highlight just a few things. First, I’m thrilled that my Avalanche is going to play for the Stanley Cup! We have a great
See you later, IAC
A few months after I decided that IAC would be my home, Ken Ross invited me to write my introduction for the IAC notes. I had left a toxic situation at a church, and I found IAC refreshing as I
My Body is not a Prayer Request
I’m attending a new church. A few weeks into my adventure, I met a family that sat in the same row. They introduce themselves before the service starts.
“And what is your name?”
My name is Tait.
“James? Well nice to meet you,
2022 Speaking Topics
TRE - Positive Exposure 2016. Photo by Jeff Kearney.
I just turned in three proposals to speak at the 2022 Wonderfully Made Conference. I thought I’d post it here. Please contact me if you would like me
Christmas 2003: I was crying in church. I wanted to run away and never come back. It was over! I met with a friend after church and she released me. “It’s time for you to go,” she said.
January 2022 Update
Happy new year!
Well, I started this letter about four times. We are healthy…we’re not healthy….I have a cough, I don’t have a cough. Kellys Covid tests come back negative and then positive. I’m confused. So how about this?
But God Still Sings Over Me
(Note from Tait: This is the manuscript for a keynote address I gave at the online Wonderfully Made Conference in October, 2001. As a part of my agreement with SOUR, I cannot release the full video until fall 2022. However,
Hiking with Luke5Adventures
A friend contacted Kelly and me a few weeks ago with a request. Her church was considering partnering with a ministry that takes people who have disabilities on hikes. Without hesitation, I said yes. It sounded fun. I love the
Night to Shine Celebrate People Living with Disabilities
Centennial, Colorado — Sometimes you just have to dressed up and go to a prom. That’s what my wife and I did recently when we volunteered to help with Night to Shine sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation.
Night to Shine
Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live."
- Neil Marcus
I was surprised at how nice it was at the swim meet. It was not too
Kevin Beausoleil and I weren’t close in school. He lived up the street from me, but we hardly ever talked. I recognize his name but I couldn’t tell you if we had any classes together. We lost touch after
My Observations of Exodus Four
I have been fascinated with the Exodus story for many years. There are so many details to this book that it’s hard to focus on all of them. For our purposes, however, we’ll focus on two story lines: Moses himself
The Gospel According to Disability
I love Jesus, and if like you to know him, too.
If you have never met Jesus, I encourage you to read on and discover how a relationship with him can and will change not only your current circumstances but
Mentoring with Mary Jane
My mentor traveled the world. She traveled the world sharing the Gospel and teaching about disabilities in more than twenty countries and will be remembered for bringing thousands to Jesus Christ. One story about her impact is the time when
Where does Disability Ministry Fit in Your Church
Disability ministry crosses the entire spectrum of a church's ministry. Whether it's the children's ministry, the worship team, or the leadership, there is an element that could have a disability touch to it. During my years in this ministry, I
Forgotten Chapter: My Name is Tait and I’m Independent
Garth Brooks tells a story about the time when he released Friends in Low Places. The album was completely done and was selling at number one, when he writes “the missing verse” of the popular song. You probably know the
Everyone is included! A study of Acts 10-11
Read Acts 10:8-20
Focus verse: “Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” Acts 10:34-35
A Modern Day Mephibosheth Story
(Writer’s note: I originally wrote this for my church’s blog. Enjoy!)
You may have wondered who is that man in the wheelchair at the 10:45 service. (Actually there’s two of us now. I’m the one sitting in the middle asle toward
My Name is Tait” - Written to Educate and Inspire
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Life is hard. Add in a disability, and it can be even more challenging. Tait Berge knows. In “My Name is Tait,” Berge writes about his successes, challenges, and hard times, as he faces a world
Writer, Theologian, Ministry Advocate
Tait is a ministry advocate representing Mephibosheth Ministry, a ministry that encourages the church to fully include people who have disabilities participate in the faith community. He holds an Associate of Arts degree in journalism (1998), a Bachelor in Leadership and Ethics (2009), and is starting a master’s in theology at Asbury Seminary in the fall, 2021. He has written four books and his articles has appeared in publications worldwide.
New Book: ‘My Name is Tait’
My Name is Tait is an honest look at the issues people with disabilities face as they enter adulthood and navigate the world that wasn’t designed for disability. You’ll have a front row seat as Tait shares his thoughts on disability, family, education, work experience and much more. Even though it is written to young adults who are dealing with a disability, doctors, social workers and even government officials could benefit from this book as they discover more about disability and the daily struggles it brings. You will laugh a lot, cry a little and learn some lessons about how to live with a disability!
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Merry Christmas friends, Well, it’s time for the annual tradition of writing the Christmas /end-of-the-year ministry update letter. I, Tait, looked up the last update that I sent out in June and
30 December, 2022
Tyra and Wyatt were inseparable. Both had severe disabilities, but their friendship ran deep. One of their regular activities was for Tyra to build something on Wyatt’s wheelchair tray and he wo
29 September, 2022
July 7, 2022 —- How am I supposed to feel today? No more jokes, or teaching, or hugs, or emails, or… But she left us two years ago. Dementia is a terrible thing. I was glad I saw her for the last time
08 July, 2022