I’m David Tait, the one with the whiskers. (For the full
whisker story, read ‘To Beard or Not To Beard’. Beside
me is my gorgeous wife Kathy, who makes all this possible through
her job as a Theatre Nurse at our local hospital. We’ve been
married for all of 34 years now, so need to be excused if we are
starting to look a little like each other.
everyone else I know, we’ve had our ups and downs,
bringing up (or being brought up by!) four sons, and in the last
few years, actually getting to really like each other too. I’m
a very slow learner!
it comes to ‘God Matters’ too, Kathy has also
been the more diligent, giving her heart to Jesus as a young girl
and faithfully following Him ever since. My walk is far more checkered.
Up until my late 20’s I was a ‘churchian’, dissatisfied
with my lot both in God and the church. Then I gave it all away
for 14 years or so before truly giving my heart to Jesus.
the time I was standing in the queue at the Social Welfare Office,
waiting to register for the ‘dole’, my life
in ruins having lost my business, the biggest of its type in New
Zealand, in the aftermath of the 1987 Share Market collapse. Bankrupt
literally and morally. Desperate – unable to provide for
my family. As I’ve said, a slow learner! Yes it took a lot
for God to get through to me. At that moment I gave in, for I certainly
had a real need for Jesus. And He came and took care of me, of
our family, of rebuilding our lives together.
wish I could say everything has been perfect since then, but
that wouldn’t be true. However, I have had the support of
my Jesus, my Lord, to help me deal with life’s battles that
are the reality of living in this world. From amazing financial
restoration, to a bad business decision, leading again, unbelievably,
to another recent bankruptcy. But this time I have had Jesus by
my side to get me through. The difference is amazing.
the full, no holds barred story, try reading the first book of
the trilogy, ‘Eagles Fly High!’, called ‘The
most recent ‘nearly all’ family photo was
taken in Scotland 6 years ago, at our eldest son, Andrew’s
wedding. Yes he is the one in the front in the skirt – sorry – kilt.
Nigel and Cameron are our 3rd and 4th sons. Unfortunately
Brendan was unable to make the 20,000km (12,000 mile) journey
to the other side of the world to be there too. Our good
friends Beryl and Roger did make it though, and rightfully
are part of our family. The journey to Scotland – as
far away as it is possible to go from New Zealand – was
well worth it to meet our beautiful first daughter, Catriona,
who comes from the romantic (and cold!), Isle of Skye. Three
years ago, they very cleverly produced the first Tait female
offspring for 2 generations, the ‘bonnie lassie’ Eva,
our first grandchild. Both the good and bad things of age
catch up with us all.
and I have been blessed to be able to travel to Scotland to see
her 3 times, primarily by taking diversions on the
way home from ministry trips to Africa. The Lord provides - even
(especially!) to the bankrupt!
Eighteen months ago we shifted cities from Tauranga to Napier,
which are 300km apart. At the Lord's leading. Personally, I loved
where I was! Over this time we have had to to adapt to a new church
and new job (Kathy) but already had many friends here, which has
made things easier.
WALKING WITH JESUS MINISTRIES
I am one of those peculiar people who read the Bible through from
beginning to end. One day, 10 years ago, I was approaching the
end of the book of Revelation, feeling pleased with myself, when
the Lord suddenly stopped me at the following verse.
overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their
they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death."
explained to me what it meant, instructing me to build my life
and His ministry upon that verse. That verse is encapsulated
in the ‘mission statement’ for
this, His ministry.
GROWING BELIEVERS INTO DISCIPLES, UNITED IN CHRIST, REFLECTING
JESUS TO THE WORLD.
then got me to write (rather, holding the pen while He wrote),
as a 2-3 year old Christian, the ‘Walking With Jesus’ course.
The first day he gave me the 3-part allegory of ‘The Two
Marathoners’ and the next, the interpretation of it. It wasn’t
until I was writing the third part of the course that I realized
how closely each of the three parts of the story related to the
3 parts of the Course. God is amazing! ‘Walking With Jesus’ is
all about getting deeper into God – to truly walk with Him.
course was advertised, free of charge, (the Lord provided the
money to pay for it) through our company Kaydees Gardens, mail
order catalogue. It proved extremely popular and has been done
by over 10,000 people in New Zealand (population nearly 4 million)
as well as numbers of people around the world. Unbelievable to
me! So if you desire a deeper relationship with your God, this
can help point you in the right direction. You still have to
make the effort though! Can’t do that for you!
years ago, at the time of selling our mail order business, the
Lord told me to write the 3 books that go to make the trilogy, ‘Eagles
Fly High!’ This series took a year to complete, applying
the personal principles of Revelation 12:11 and the ‘Walking
With Jesus’ course to the church as a whole – throughout
history, today, and most importantly, to the final ‘Tabernacle’ or ‘Apostolic’ church
that is slowly beginning to arise around the world. Amazingly the
principles pertaining to the things to come are firmly established
in the patterns of the Old Testament, 'Tabernacle of Moses' and ‘Feasts
of the Lord’ that the Israelites were required to celebrate.
Incredibly, these accurately portray the 2000 odd years of development
of the New Testament church and illustrate what is yet to come,
before Jesus returns for His perfect bride. Us! The church! I’ve
got some way to go yet, anyway! Don’t know about you!
this, the Lord led me to design this web site and write the weekly ‘WWW (world wide word) of Encouragement’ to
those in ministry, Praise God it's Monday! (PGIM!) Maybe, that
is how you are coming to read this. If not, and if you are in ministry
of some sort, as all Christians should be, you might like to register.
Of course life is meant to be fun too, so please enjoy the jokes,
trivia, and maybe even the little wisdom the site contains. Please
feel free to add your contributions too.
Over the past 2-3 years the ministry has expanded with visits
to many countries in Asia and Africa to share the Lord's vision
with pastors and leaders there.
Currently the Lord is opening up opportunities in Radio and TV,
as well as our new teaching ezine 'Tuesday Teachings'.
We hope you enjoy your visit and may even be inspired to search
deeper into God and prepare to fully participate in the exciting
days that lie ahead.
Come and visit again soon.
PS: The beard - such as it was - is gone! This latest picture
shows a bit (lot) more gray hair though! Oh dear!