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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Mercy in the Margins (November – 2017)

Hi all,

Have you heard the true story of Denver Moore?  It is a redemptive story of God’s grace as told in the book, Same Kind of Different as Me.  Denver is now in heaven, but he would tell people in times past:  “God is in the recycling business, turning trash into treasure.”  Continue reading

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Matthew 6:19-24

Brother Quinn Steimlosk from Emmaus Road Church preached the Word this morning while Pastor Beau and Kimberly Floyd were away in South Dakota speaking in a Missions Conference. Quinn read Matthew 6:19-34 and then specifically exegeted verses 19-24.  Continue reading

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Matthew 5:38-6:18

I am catching up on Pastor Beau Floyd’s sermon series in the book of Matthew.  In four recent sermons, he taught Matthew 5:38-6:18.  The words of Jesus convict our sinful hearts, draw us to Himself, and transform us by His gospel grace.

Observation

  1. Where does it say in the Old Testament, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”?
  2. Where does it say to “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy?”
  3. How do hypocrites give their money?
  4. How does Jesus want us to give to the needy?
  5. How do hypocrites pray?
  6. What does the Lord teach us about prayer? What is the Lord’s prayer?
  7. If one is to fast, Jesus states to do it in what way?

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Mercy in the Margins (October – 2017)

Hi all,

We are into the fall season as we minister to people, struggling and surviving.  As the cooler weather arrives, those who are camping need the warmth of shelter.  Battling addictions, experiencing great loss, and living in hardship, people need hope to arise in their hearts. Recently, I wrote a current snapshot of the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.  We are busy ministering to men and women from the jail and the streets.  Meals are served every night to the community.  And in the midst of it all, we are fully engaged in sharing the gospel and promoting Christian discipleship.  There is a way out.  Jesus is that way.

Here are some of the highlights from September. Continue reading

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Gospel Rescue Missions in the Evergreen District

Alaska

Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission – Anchorage, Alaska, (907) 563-5603

Fairbanks Rescue Mission – Fairbanks, Alaska, (907) 452-5343

Idaho

Boise Rescue Mission Ministries – Boise, Idaho, (208) 343-2389

Idaho Falls Rescue Mission – Idaho Falls, Idaho, (208) 552-5575

The ROC Rescue Mission – Lewiston, Idaho, (208) 791-1176

Montana

Montana Rescue Mission – Billings, Montana, (406) 259-3800

Butte Rescue Mission – Butte, Montana, (406) 782-0925

Great Falls Rescue Mission – Great Falls, Montana, (406) 761-2653

Union Gospel Mission of Missoula – Missoula, Montana, (406) 542-5240

Oregon

Shepherd’s House Ministries – Bend Oregon, (541) 388-2096

Outreach Gospel Mission – Brookings, Oregon, (541) 412-0278

Klamath Falls Gospel Mission – Klamath Falls Oregon, (541) 882-4895

Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission – McMinnville Oregon, (503) 472-9766

Medford Gospel Mission – Medford Oregon, (541) 779-1597

Portland Rescue Mission – Portland Oregon, (503) 227-0421

Union Gospel Mission – Portland Oregon, (503) 274-4483

Union Gospel Mission of Salem – Salem Oregon, (503) 967-6388

Washington

Union Gospel Mission of Grays Harbor – Aberdeen Washington, (360) 533-1064

Kitsap Rescue Mission – Bremerton Washington, (360) 813-5183

Lewis County Gospel Mission – Chehalis Washington, (360) 996-4474

Everett Gospel Mission – Everett Washington, (425) 740-2500

Olympia Union Gospel Mission – Olympia Washington, (360) 709-9725

TriCity Union Gospel Mission – Pasco Washington, (509) 547-2112

Bread of Life Mission – Seattle Washington, (206) 682-3579

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission – Seattle Washington, (206) 723-0767

Union Gospel Mission (Spokane) – Spokane Washington, (509) 535-8510

The Rescue Mission Tacoma – Tacoma Washington, (253) 383-4493

Christian Aid Center – Walla Walla Rescue Mission – Walla Walla Washington, (509) 525-7153

Yakima Union Gospel Mission – Yakima Washington, (509) 248-4510

Wyoming

Wyoming Rescue Mission – Casper Wyoming, (307) 265-3002

Good Samaritan Mission – Jackson Wyoming, (307) 733-3165

Nevada

Las Vegas Rescue Mission – Las Vegas Nevada, (702) 382-1766

Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission – Reno Nevada, (775) 323-0386

Utah

Rescue Mission of Salt Lake – Salt Lake City Utah, (801) 355-1302

Salt Lake City Mission – Salt Lake City, Utah, (801) 355-6310

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Idaho Falls Rescue Mission Discipleship

Morning Bible studies – Each morning, Monday through Friday at 8:00-9:00 am, men from the IFRM Works Program and men from the City of Refuge emergency shelter gather together for Bible study and Christian discipleship

  • Mondays – Pastor Todd Wood spearheads discussion in what men heard and understood during the Sunday services in the local churches. There is opportunity to share observations, ask any questions, consider ministry opportunities and strive for real life application.
  • Tuesdays – Pastor Todd Wood has been exploring what the men are learning in their personal Bible reading, for example in Proverbs, Matthew, and now Romans. In the next twelve weeks, he will also teach on twelve biblical doctrines highlighted in the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission statement of faith. It will be “Christianity 101”.
  • Wednesdays – Patrick Jones is teaching a 10-week series on “The Story of God”. It is the Story Formed Way. Engaging.  Inspiring.  Patrick brings a combination of biblical seminary training and past recovery teaching at the Bay Area Rescue Mission.
  • Thursdays – Pastor Warren Cuppy leads a Christ-centered, biblically-based, grace-saturated twelve step program for the men. Brother Warren has a lifetime of ministry experience in jails, on the streets, and in small groups dealing with addictions.
  • Fridays – Pastor Todd Wood recently went through the twelve-week Real Life Discipleship Training Manual, which touches on all the phases of Christian discipleship, all the way from being spiritually dead to being a spiritual parent. In the future, Mark Matthews, the director of the Works Program will be entitling Friday mornings, “Family Talk Fridays,” giving opportunity to communicate frustrations and solve conflicts with Biblical solutions.

Evening Bible studies – Currently, Lynn Waters opens up the Bible with the men on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm.   If you would like to teach a Bible study during one of the nights of the week, please see Pastor Todd.

Ministry before evening meals – Pastor Todd Wood and Pastor Warren Cuppy rotate each month to share a Bible devotional on Sunday nights at 5:30 pm before the evening meal at 6:00 pm.  Sunday evening ministry is called #JesusDowntown.  On Wednesdays, Todd has initiated a testimony time at 5:45 pm before the evening meal is served.  He also teaches a Bible lesson on Thursday nights. If you would like to share a Bible devotional or provide gospel and praise music before evening meals during one of the nights of the week, please see Pastor Todd.

Tuesday noon prayer meetingEvery Tuesday during the noon hour, Christian brothers gather together for prayer and take city-wide requests to the throne room of God.

Church attendance / small groups – The Idaho Falls Rescue Mission wants every man in the IFRM Works Program to be worshiping Jesus with church families on weekends and then plugging into smaller groups during the week hosted by the local churches.

Discipling mentorsIf you would like to be a Christian discipling mentor for a man enrolled in our IFRM Works Program, please see Pastor Todd.

Monthly ministry luncheons – Every first Wednesday of the month, IFRM provides lunch for church staff, ministry leaders, and Christian servants to connect, share, and pray for one another.

Women’s Discipleship – We are currently in discussion on developing a week long discipleship program for the women.

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