Mercy in the Margins (April – 2018)


Hi all

He has risen just as He said!  And we are experiencing this by watching Jesus transform lives and making them brand new! One by one!

Here are some of the highlights from March

  • March 2 – I attended the noon Lent service with Jason Ginsburg at Trinity.
  • March 2-4: We took men from the City of Refuge and went to the Engage Men’s Retreat at Old Faithful Christian Ranch.  I preached from the book of II Timothy on Sunday morning – the apostle Paul’s last will and testament.
  • March 6: “Warrior’s For Truth” pastors’ fellowship
  • March 7: Twelve servants of Jesus gathered for lunch at the City of Refuge to share and pray.
  • March 8: Pastor Kent Burchyett shared a devotion during our IFRM breakfast.
  • March 8-10:  We participated in the dinner with the First Lutheran family at the College of Eastern Idaho and the LCMC Conference.
  • March 9:  I attended the noon Lent service with Susan Speir at First Presbyterian.
  • March 11: Fifty-five people attended our Sunday evening opening service at Providence Downtown Church, a vision birthed from prayer.
  • March 16:  I attended the noon Lent service with Phil Hagen at St. Paul’s.
  • March 18:  We ministered to forty men in the Bonneville County Jail.
  • March 24:  We attended the wedding of Jeff and Amy Cale at the Shilo Inn on the river.
  • March 25: We joined in Palm Sunday worship at First Lutheran.
  • March 28: I took a brother to the Passover/Lord’s Table/Foot washing at Cornerstone Pentecostal Church
  • March 29:  Our family enjoyed the Watersprings’ “Outside Looking In” musical.
  • March 30:  I drove brothers to the noon and evening Good Friday services at First Lutheran Church and River of Life Church.

Would you like to contribute financially on a monthly basis to my missionary work?  Here are three ways: (1) Send the contribution to my home church, Emmaus Road Church, and mark it as “missionary fund for Todd Wood”; (2) Address mission support to Providence Downtown Church, and (3) You are welcome to give directly to me.  For the month of March, I received $1100 in ongoing monthly support and $360 in special gifts.  Thank you so much!

On the home front: My family thoroughly enjoyed seeing Mariah participate in the musical, “Singing in the Rain” on March 13.  Also, we relaxed at Lava Hot Springs on March 23.  God is good to us in Idaho!

Prayer requests:

  1. Please pray for Pastor Warren Cuppy, myself, our wives, and the Providence Downtown family.  Pray for the five men who will be baptized this upcoming Sunday evening, April 8.  We are very thankful to the Berean family for the use of the baptismal and sanctuary seating.
  2. Please pray for the staff and residents of the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.
  3. Please pray for Emmaus Road Church and all the other smaller church families seeking to be a vibrant witness to the gospel of Jesus in Idaho Falls.

My three main ministry objectives: 

  1. Be a servant pastor with Providence Downtown.
  2. Minister as a chaplain with the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission:  (1) Encouraging and partnering with local and regional churches, (2) Discipling IFRM staff, volunteers, and residents, and providing pastoral prayer, encouragement, counsel, Biblical preaching, and teaching,  and (3) Assisting with discipleship components for the IFRM Work’s Program.
  3. Be a blessing to the Emmaus Road Church with prayers, counsel, and small group.  And seek to be an encouragement to the other local church families.

Thank you all for taking a moment to read this update.

roots by the river,

Todd Wood (downtown missionary)


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Mercy in the Margins (March – 2018)

Hi all,

God is good.  Therefore, we feel compelled to share God’s care with the poor.  The Lord loves the poor, possesses unlimited resources, and supernaturally manifests both his love and provision through his servants.  He will stretch us and keep on stretching us to believe and trust Him, all for our city’s good and for His unmatched glory.

Here are some of the highlights from February Continue reading

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Mercy in the Margins (February – 2018)

Hi all,

With faith and trust in Jehovah-Jireh, we jumped into the new year.  Good things have been happening.  During the month of January, nineteen different people came over to our home on Monday nights for Emmaus Road Church small groups.  That very same number of men has popped in for Bible studies at the City of Refuge in the mornings during the week.  We seek to plant gospel seeds among the unsaved and continually teach God’s Word for the strengthening of Christian discipleship in the downtown area of Idaho Falls.  We thank God for every opportunity.

Here are some of the highlights from January Continue reading

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Pistol in the Pulpit

Title: Pistol in the Pulpit: A biblical and tactical response to active shooters in the house of worship.

Author:  Pastor Tim Rupp (The Strong Blue Line)

Publisher:  Snowfall Press, 2016

On November 5, 2017, an angry man, estranged from his ex-wife and in-laws, opened gunfire on a little Baptist church in Texas.  He had one goal:  murder everyone in his path.  It did not matter whether it was a grandmother or granddaughter, all were targeted to die.   He slaughtered 26 people and wounded twenty more.  In the investigation, police found 15 empty AR-15 magazines with 30 round capabilities.  Imagine the time that he spent in the shooting, reloading, shooting, and reloading.  What if there had been a trained, armed security team at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on that fateful day? Continue reading

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Providence Downtown introductory letter


The purpose of this letter is to announce that Pastor Warren Cuppy and I feel led by our Savior and King to serve and glorify Him through a new church plant in Idaho Falls.  We have incorporated this ministry through the State of Idaho in the name of “Providence Downtown Church” (Please like our Facebook page).  The church services will be conducted on Sunday evenings.  Our vision is to bring gospel hope to the poor who might be addicts, inmates, abused, and/or homeless.

Let me quickly introduce ourselves:  Since December of 1993, Warren Cuppy has faithfully pastored Dubois Community Baptist Church.  For almost a quarter of a century in Southeast Idaho, Warren has been ministering to broken people.  In the genesis of the new Bonneville County Jail, Warren initially worked as the chaplain.  He served as a monitor with men at the old Alcohol Rehabilitation Association (ARA) halfway house.  Likewise, Warren joined with Pastor Ray Vincent in providing biblical counseling through Straight Street Counseling.  Today, he faithfully travels on Sunday mornings to Dubois to shepherd the church family.  On Sunday evenings, he comes over to the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission to teach God’s Word to the community before the evening meal; and on Thursday mornings, he leads a 12-step small group in biblical discipleship.  Warren has a deep love for (1) small church ministry, (2) Christian discipleship, (3) pastoral mentoring, and (4) unity in the body of Christ.  His life verse is Philippians 3:10, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”

I was born in the LDS hospital on the Snake River in downtown Idaho Falls in December of 1969.  I graduated from Skyline High School, went off to Bible college in the East, came back to the West, and joined a little nucleus of believers at the start of Berean Baptist Church.  I pastored Berean from August of 1997 to July of 2016.  Since September of 2015, I have been ministering at the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission, first as a case manager and now for the last year as an IFRM chaplain.  My life passage is Isaiah 61:1-3.

The launch time and date for our first Sunday evening church service is 6:45 pm on March 11, 2018.  We will be meeting in the chapel of New Destiny Ministries, located in the historic, downtown Rogers Building.  Enter through the “B” Street doors.  It is with great joy that we give you all the invitation to join us for this first night of worship as we lift up Jesus downtown in Idaho Falls.

Roots by the river,                                                                 God is good, all the time,


Todd Wood                                                                              Warren Cuppy

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Mercy in the Margins (January – 2018)

Hi all,

In this new year 2018, Pastor Warren Cuppy and I are praying and acting upon Christ’s authority to plant a new church in Idaho Falls.  It will be named “Providence Downtown”, and we will gather on Sunday evenings.  In joining together 60 years experience of pastoral ministry, our vision is to lift up Jesus in Idaho Falls and proclaim God’s mercy among the marginalized.  Our purpose is to provide the downtown area during the evenings with a church ministry that encompasses preaching good news to the poor, praying for healing among the brokenhearted, and counseling biblical freedom to those bound in addictions.  Currently, Warren and I are meeting weekly for discussion and prayer, preaching monthly in the Bonneville County Jail, teaching God’s Word weekly before the evening meal at the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission, leading discipleship small groups, and mentoring one-on-one.  We covet your prayers and financial support in this new endeavor.   Continue reading

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Mercy in the Margins (December – 2017)

Hi all,

Recently, the words spoken long ago by a poor, pregnant Hebrew girl were brought to my attention again.  Because of her unwed pregnancy, she was an outcast in her community.  Yet she feared the LORD in the midst of the miracle growing inside her womb.  These words, in particular, spoke to me as she lifted up praises to her God:  “He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty” (Luke 1:53).

That peasant baby within Mary’s womb changed everything.  He turned the world upside down.  King Jesus came to die.  It was the greatest scandal to take place in human history,  a scandal that became our salvation and gospel glory.

Paul explains it this way, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich” (II Corinthians 8:9).

What joy and happiness is ours!  With Mary, let us magnify our Lord and Savior!

Here are some of the highlights from November

  • November 4: Participated in the Homeless Stand Down in Idaho Falls. In the afternoon, we drove to Salt Lake City to attend the New Life Banquet of the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake.  We listened to guest speaker, Ron Hall.
  • November 6-10: Attended 19 different small groups throughout the week by connecting with Berean Baptist Church, Emmaus Road Church, CrossPoint Community Church, Warriors for Truth (pastors’ fellowship), Overcomer’s Outreach (New Life Church), Authentic Manhood (Christ Community Church), Center for Hope, pastoral counseling, and numerous other groups with IFRM.
  • November 11-12: Blessed to preach and teach at Pocatello Baptist Church’s Fall Celebration.
  • November 14-17: Travelled with Pastor Beau Floyd to Providence, Rhode Island to hear the teachers in the annual gathering of the Evangelical Theological Society
  • November 18: Church members, IFRM staff, and mission residents attended a showing of the movie, Same Kind of Different as Me, at Paramount Theater in Idaho Falls. I shared a few thoughts at the conclusion of the movie.
  • November 26:  Ministered to five different men’s groups at the Bonneville County Jail.
  • November 27:  A gentleman walked into the front doors of the Mission. I shared with him the simple, loving gospel plan of salvation.  Right there in the office, he asked for forgiveness of his sin and trusted in Jesus to be his personal Savior.

Would you like to contribute financially on a monthly basis to my missionary work?  Here are three ways: (1) Send the contribution to the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission but make sure to designate it with my name, for example, “chaplain fund for Todd Wood”. (2) Send the contribution to my home church, Emmaus Road Church, and mark it as “missionary fund for Todd Wood”. Or for option (3), you are welcome to give directly to me.  For the month of November, I received $1,185 in ongoing monthly support and $988 in special gifts.  Thank you so much!

On the home front:

In two weeks, both of our older children will be making their journeys from NYC and SC to be home for Christmas.  Our oldest son will have finished all his classes for the completion of his undergraduate degree focusing on philosophy, politics, economics, and business administration.  My wife and I are excited to have all our family together.  Likewise, both of my sisters’ families will be in Idaho Falls for Christmas.  I am eager to hear the stories from my sister, Debbie, about her recent trips to Mexico and then Guatemala.  God’s mercy has been extended to our home.

Prayer requests as we head into the new year, 2018:

  1. New things are on the horizon in 2018.  Stay tuned.
  2. We have our first guy graduating from the IFRM Works Program.  Please pray for his protection and blessing.
  3. That men and women living at the Mission will have open hearts to the work of Jesus within them.
  4. Wisdom and strength in spiritual care and shepherding for the homeless in downtown Idaho Falls

My four main ministry objectives: 

  1. Partner IFRM with local churches
  2. Disciple IFRM staff, volunteers, and residents
  3. Provide pastoral prayer, encouragement, counsel, and Biblical preaching and teaching
  4. Help facilitate discipleship components for the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission and the IFRM Work’s Program

Thanks for the prayers.

Merry Christmas!!  God bless you all.

roots by the river,

Todd Wood


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