Mercy in the Margins (April – 2020)

Greetings,

The snow has melted. Providence Downtown Church has begun its third year of ministry. The Idaho Falls Rescue Mission has seen a lot of new faces.  And yet in the middle of this month, to the surprise of us all, the governor of Idaho ordered all residents to stay at home to prevent any Covid-19 spread. I am thankful that the Shepherd of the Falls family in American Falls is tucked in a safe rural place where the sun shines in every window.  I am thankful for God’s mercies. And I am thankful for your ongoing prayers, support, and encouragement.

Here are some of the highlights from March:

  • March 1: Providence Downtown Church started meeting on Sundays at the New Destiny Ministries Hub downtown.
  • March 4: EIPC Luncheon at the downtown IFRM Men’s Shelter (16 pastors).
  • March 5: Gathered with pastors for prayer at Grace Lutheran Church in Pocatello (8 pastors).
  • March 6: World Day of Prayer at First Baptist Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Tour of the Good Samaritan Mission;
  • March 10: Pastors Prayer meeting at Berean Baptist Church in Idaho Falls.
  • March 11: Marks the second-year anniversary of Providence Downtown Church.
  • March 12: IFRM Staff Breakfast with Pastor Jack Harwell (14 people) – An introductory briefing about Covid-19.
  • March 13: Upper Valley Pastors Appreciation Banquet hosted by EIPC at Eagle Rock Baptist Church.
  • March 15: Providence baptismal service – in a small gathering, two were baptized downtown in the Snake River.
  • March 20-21: The IFRM “A Walk in the Cold” event was canceled. I did a solo walk of 7 miles on Friday and then a solo walk of 17.1 miles around the perimeter of the city on Saturday. A big thanks to those who contributed $1250 in my fundraiser for the Rescue Mission.
  • March 22: Met in small groups at Shepherd of the Falls and Providence.
  • March 25: Our Idaho governor ordered shelter-in-place throughout the state.

Would you like to contribute financially on a monthly basis to my missionary work?  Here are a couple of ways: (1) Send the contribution to Emmaus Road Church and specifically mark it as “missionary fund for Todd Wood”, or (2) You are welcome to give directly to me.  Thank you so much!

On the home front:

Honestly, it has been chaos. Idaho State University closed its classrooms, sending my oldest boy home.  Bob Jones University shut its doors, sending home, my oldest girl, a senior nursing major.  The University of Idaho terminated in-class activity, bringing my youngest daughter home.  And Skyline High School ended all group study, and so my high school senior is stuck home, too.  This has not been the way that we intended to celebrate with our kids in the Class of 2020.  It is time to be creative. Hannah applied for a nursing job at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, but a notice came to her this past week that hiring new graduates has been put on hold. So much is in limbo.  We look to the heavens and wait upon God.  This season is teaching us all much about trust.

Prayer requests: 

  1. Pray that I might be sensitive in how to share the gospel and spread Christ’s love in this season of Covid-19. What can I pray for you?
  2. Please continue to pray for the brothers and sisters of Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church in American Falls and Providence Downtown Church in Idaho Falls. May God keep them all safe.
  3. Pray for the men, women, and children who currently live in our shelters of the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission. During quarantine, they are stir-crazy with many job resource opportunities that have been closed down.
  4. Pray for my kids as they all are adjusting to saying goodbye to friends and then trying to meet deadlines through online classes.
  5. Pray for spiritual awakening and revival.

My four current ministry objectives:

  1. Be a servant missionary-pastor with Providence Downtown Church that specifically ministers to the incarcerated, the addicted, the homeless, and impoverished.  It is a church ministering and bringing mercy to those in the margins.
  2. Minister as a pastor with the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.
  3. Pulpit supply and pastoral encouragement to the Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church family in American Falls.
  4. Be a blessing to the pastors in Idaho Falls and throughout the region through the Eastern Idaho Pastors Coalition (EIPC) and support the upcoming region-wide gospel event, Vision 2020, at the Sandy Downs Arena on Monday, July 20, 2020. We wait upon the Lord

May Jesus reign as King!

roots by the river,

Todd Wood (downtown missionary)

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Mercy in the Margins (March – 2020)

Greetings,

As we head into the month of March, hoping for the early signs of spring, we are counting the days till Easter – Resurrection Sunday in Eastern Idaho! I am thankful for God’s Providence in all the spheres of ministry where I am.  I can trace His mighty hand in everything. I thank God for the love of Jesus Christ that is able to touch and transform every one of us; and it doesn’t matter our age, our status, or what we have done in the past.

Here are some of the highlights from February:

  • February 5: EIPC Luncheon at the downtown IFRM Men’s Shelter (25 pastors representing 21 different churches)
  • February 6: Group study in Revelation at Starbucks with Pastor Mike Ghiglia
  • February 8: LCMC Conflict Resolution Workshop
  • February 10: Operation Tousaint movie – promoting Operation Underground Railroad nonprofit
  • February 11: EIPC Prayer Meeting at the Villa Coffeehouse downtown (8 ministers)
  • February 13: IFRM staff breakfast with Pastor Dave Bass (24 people)
  • February 16: Afternoon ministry at the Bonneville County Jail; Kirk’s testimony at Providence Downtown Church
  • February 18: EIPC Upper Valley Breakfast in Roberts, Idaho (15 people)
  • February 24: Vision 2020 Discipleship Training at the College of Eastern Idaho (40 people representing various church and parachurch ministries)
  • February 26: Ash Wednesday service at First Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • February 28-29: Preached at the Engage 2020 Men’s Retreat at Old Faithful Christian Ranch.  Six men attended this retreat, who have either lived in the past or are currently residing at the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission Men’s Shelter.

Would you like to contribute financially on a monthly basis to my missionary work?  Here are a couple of ways: (1) Send the contribution to Emmaus Road Church and specifically mark it as “missionary fund for Todd Wood”, or (2) You are welcome to give directly to me.  Thank you so much!

On the home front:

Our youngest boy, Micaiah, a senior at Skyline High School, just finished his wrestling career by going to the state competition this past weekend in Boise, Idaho. Now he begins the last sport of his high school career – track.  He throws the shot put.

Prayer requests: 

  1. Please continue to pray for the brothers and sisters of Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church in American Falls and Providence Downtown Church in Idaho Falls. The Providence family now meets for church services on Sundays, 4:00 pm, and Wednesdays, 7:00 pm, at 830 Park Avenue.
  2. Pray for the men, women, and children who currently live in our shelters of the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission. We are having “A Walk in the Cold” fundraiser on Saturday, March 21. We are working and hoping for a great community turnout.
  3. Please pray for the Eastern Idaho Pastors Coalition as we seek to glorify Jesus throughout our mission field of Eastern Idaho.  EIPC hosts luncheons, breakfasts, prayer meetings, special banquets, and retreats.
  4. Pray that our daughter Hannah and her friend, Sneh, might be able to land nursing jobs this spring in Idaho Falls.

My four current ministry objectives:

  1. Be a servant missionary-pastor with Providence Downtown Church that specifically ministers to the incarcerated, the addicted, the homeless, and impoverished.  It is a church ministering and bringing mercy to those in the margins.
  2. Minister as a pastor with the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.
  3. Pulpit supply and pastoral encouragement to the Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church family in American Falls.
  4. Be a blessing to the pastors in Idaho Falls and throughout the region through the Eastern Idaho Pastors Coalition (EIPC) and support the upcoming region-wide gospel event, Vision 2020, at the Sandy Downs Arena on Monday, July 20, 2020.

May Jesus reign as King!

roots by the river,

Todd Wood (downtown missionary)

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Mercy in the Margins (February – 2020)

Greetings to you all,

The past few months (December and January) were a whirl of joy in service for the Lord. The holidays always prove to be a great time for feasting and celebrating.  In a week, I will update you about all the happenings that took place in February! God is so good!

Here are some of the highlights from December and January:

  • December 1: Raff & the Roundabout Brass at Providence Downtown Church
  • December 4: Ministry luncheon at the IFRM Men’s Shelter (17 pastors)
  • December 5: Pastors prayer in Pocatello, Idaho at University Bible Church
  • December 8: Took men from the homeless shelter to the Night of the Father’s Love at First Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • December 12: IFRM staff breakfast with Pastor James Runcorn; Bar-J-Wrangler Benefit Concert for IFRM at the Colonial Theater
  • December 14: Took men from the homeless shelter to the Unmistakably Christmas musical at Watersprings Church
  • December 15: Afternoon ministry at the Bonneville County Jail
  • December 21: Funeral service for Chris A. in Blackfoot, Idaho; Graduation service for Keith J. from the Rescue Mission Works Program in the Hub
  • December 29: Afternoon ministry at the Bonneville County Jail
  • December 31: Funeral for Joanne K. in Idaho Falls
  • January 8: Vote to place Wednesday pastor luncheons under the umbrella of EIPC (23 pastors)
  • January 9: IFRM Staff Breakfast with Pastor Anthony Manzanares
  • January 14: Luncheon at River of Life Church for those interested in being community or law enforcement chaplains
  • January 19: Afternoon ministry at the Bonneville County Jail
  • January 21: Vision 2020 Pastors Luncheon at the College of Eastern Idaho (33 people)
  • January 25: China Missions presentation at First Evangelical Lutheran Church; Eastern Idaho Regional Worship Night at the New Destiny Ministries Hub
  • January 26: 10th Annual Congregational Meeting for Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church

Would you like to contribute financially on a monthly basis to my missionary work?  Here are a couple of ways: (1) Send the contribution to Emmaus Road Church and specifically mark it as “missionary fund for Todd Wood”, or (2) You are welcome to give directly to me.  Thank you so much!

On the home front:

We loved having all four of our kids home for the holidays!  They are all working hard in their studies, and it was great to take a break with them. Kristie continues to enjoy working as a nurse in the women’s center of the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Prayer requests: 

  1. Pray for the men, women, and children who currently live in our shelters of the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.
  2. Pray for our Vision 2020 Discipleship Training this Monday night, February 24, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the College of Eastern Idaho.
  3. Pray as we take men from the IFRM men’s homeless shelter to the Engage Men’s Retreat, February 28-March 1 at Old Faithful Christian Ranch in Island Park, Idaho.
  4. Pray that our daughter Hannah and her friend, Sneh, might be able to land nursing jobs this spring in Idaho Falls.
  5. Pray for Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church and Providence Downtown Church. On Sunday, March 1, Providence Downtown Church is moving its Sunday gathering location to 830 Park Avenue in downtown Idaho Falls.

My four current ministry objectives:

  1. Be a servant missionary-pastor with Providence Downtown Church that specifically ministers to the incarcerated, the addicted, the homeless, and impoverished.  It is a church ministering and bringing mercy to those in the margins.
  2. Minister as a pastor with the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.
  3. Pulpit supply and pastoral encouragement to the Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church family in American Falls.
  4. Be a blessing to the pastors in Idaho Falls and throughout the region through the Eastern Idaho Pastors Coalition (EIPC)

May Jesus reign as King!

roots by the river,

Todd Wood (downtown missionary)

 

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Mercy in the Margins (December – 2019)

Greetings to you all,

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this” (Isaiah 9:6-7).  Hallelujah!  We are looking to the Lord to do great things for His glory during the month of December!

Here are some of the highlights from November:

  • November 3: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
  • November 5: “Vision 2020” event planning and prayer
  • November 6: Ministry luncheon with eighteen leaders in Idaho Falls–several of the pastors spoke on the topic of worship through music
  • November 7: Gideons’ Pastors Appreciation Banquet at the College of Eastern Idaho
  • November 11: Upper Valley Pastors’ Breakfast at Ashton Christian Fellowship in Ashton, Idaho
  • November 12: Pastors prayer meeting for the city in Idaho Falls
  • November 14: IFRM staff breakfast with Pastor James Peterson (Ririe Chapel) sharing a devotion; Pastors prayer meeting for the city in Pocatello
  • November 17: Afternoon ministry at the Bonneville County Jail
  • November 19: “Vision 2020” event planning and prayer
  • November 21: EIPC committee meeting
  • November 24:  Champs Heart at Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church; late afternoon Providence Potluck and Testimonies
  • November 27:  Great morning discussion with Pastor Beau Floyd (Emmaus Road Church) in regards to his recent scholarly paper presentation of “Discipleship in Deuteronomy” at the Evangelical Theological Society gathering in San Diego; evening “Night of Thanksgiving” downtown on Thanksgiving Eve at the ministry Hub (65 people)

Would you like to contribute financially on a monthly basis to my missionary work?  Here are a couple of ways: (1) Send the contribution to Emmaus Road Church and specifically mark it as “missionary fund for Todd Wood”, or (2) You are welcome to give directly to me.  Thank you so much!

On the home front:

It was such a blessing to have our daughter, Mariah, home for Thanksgiving break!

Prayer requests: 

  1. Pray that I might obtain a reliable vehicle with good gas mileage as I travel around eastern Idaho.
  2. Pray for a safe trip home for our daughter, Hannah, from college in South Carolina during Christmas break.  It has been a year since we have seen her.
  3. Pray for the upcoming Christmas ministry outreach of Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church and  Providence Downtown Church.
  4. Pray for the success of the Bar J Wrangler Christmas Benefit Concert for the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission on December 12.
  5. Pray for the power of the Spirit in exalting King Jesus in eastern Idaho for the glory of God.

My four current ministry objectives:

  1. Be a servant missionary-pastor with Providence Downtown Church that specifically ministers to the incarcerated, the addicted, the homeless, and impoverished.  It is a church ministering and bringing mercy to those in the margins.
  2. Minister as a pastor with the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.
  3. Pulpit supply and pastoral encouragement to the Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church family.
  4. Be a blessing to the pastors in Idaho Falls and throughout the region through the Eastern Idaho Pastors Coalition (EIPC)

May Jesus reign as King!

roots by the river,

Todd Wood (downtown missionary)

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Mercy in the Margins (November – 2019)

It has been a whirlwind of missionary activity in eastern Idaho over the last couple of months.  Each Sunday morning, I drive southwest to the Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church in American Falls to share a sermon from the Gospels. I thank God for the encouragement of this faithful church family who gathers in the building of Willow Bay Baptist Church. On Sunday afternoons, I am co-pastoring Providence Downtown Church with Pastor Warren Cuppy.  We meet for worship, prayer, and study at 4:00 pm in Valerie Hall next to the North HiWay Cafe.  And our Wednesday night, mid-week services are 7:00 pm in the New Destiny Ministries Hub next door to the front office of the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.  Throughout the week, I am engaged in Bible studies, prayer meetings, and one-on-one discipleship with others to pursue a strong walk with Jesus, often having conversations with those who come straight off the streets or from jail. My heart will bounce back and forth from grief to joy as I walk with others.  But my trust is fully in the power of Christ’s salvation to do the transforming work in men and women’s hearts. Lastly, I spend a good portion of time in connecting with pastors in eastern Idaho to strengthen kingdom partnerships. I could not do any of this without God’s grace and your ongoing prayers. Together, we seek to magnify Jesus as King in this mission field.

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