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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Mercy in the Margins (May – 2019)

Here are some of the highlights from April:

  • April 3:  Officiated in a home wedding and their renewal of vows; noon ministry luncheon at the City of Refuge
  • April 4: East Idaho Pastors Coalition (EIPC) meeting
  • April 5: Led in prayer for the open house of the new First Street Thrift for IFRM
  • April 7:  Guest speaker, Mike A., preached at Providence
  • April 11:  Pastor Scott Davis shared a devotion at the IFRM staff breakfast
  • April 16:  Pastors Prayer for the City
  • April 18: Pro-life Pastors Stanton Healthcare Luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn
  • April 19:  Two Good Friday services at First Evangelical Lutheran Church (seven preachers addressing the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross).
  • April 20:  Water baptism service in the river
  • April 21: Ministry in the Bonneville County Jail
  • April 26: Upper Valley Pastors Appreciation Banquet at Eagle Rock Baptist Church
  • April 30: Warriors for Truth Pastors Fellowship

Would you like to contribute financially on a monthly basis to my missionary work?  Here are three 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.  For the month of April, I received $1,050 in monthly support.  Thank you so much!

On the home front:

Our oldest boy, Elon, plans on pursuing a G.A. position with Bengal Solutions and starting his MBA at Idaho State University this fall. Hannah has officially completed her junior year at Bob Jones University, while Mariah is wrapping up her first year at the University of Idaho.  And Micaiah has been shattering his PR in shot put. We love our kids and pray for God’s work in all of their lives.

Prayer requests: 

  1. Please for the growth in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus for some of our recent brothers and sisters who have been recently water baptized with the Providence church family.
  2. Please pray for a good time of fellowship and discipleship in our upcoming IFRM Works Program, May 17-18 camp-out for graduate alumni.
  3. Pray as I connect with pastors to encourage them. We have launched the East Idaho Pastors Coalition.

My three main 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 chaplain with the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission: (1) Encouraging and partnering with local and regional churches, (2) Spending time with IFRM staff, volunteers, and residents, and providing pastoral prayer, encouragement, and counsel, and (3) Assisting with discipleship components for the IFRM Work’s Program.
  3. Be a blessing to the pastors in our city and the region.

May Jesus reign as King!

roots by the river,

Todd Wood (downtown missionary)

 

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Mercy in the Margins (April – 2019)

Hi all,

I am playing catch up. Here is a brief summary of activity for March:

  • March 1-2: OFCR, Engage Men’s Retreat
  • March 6: Ministry luncheon at the City of Refuge; 20 ministry leaders gathered to hear seven of them discuss ministry to those in addictions/incarcerated/homeless.
  • March 9: IFRM Walk in the Cold Event; memorial service at Watersprings Church
  • March 10: Providence Downtown’s one year anniversary celebration
  • March 12: Warriors for Truth Pastors Fellowship
  • March 14: Champs Heart Founder, Larry Cudmore, speaks at the IFRM staff breakfast
  • March 16: IFRM fellowship at Mike & Tiffany’s home
  • March 17: Providence Downtown begins services in the new location, The Valerie Hall.
  • March 19: Pastors Prayer for the City
  • March 22: Meeting with Jason Herring, Idaho state director of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
  • March 23: Water baptism service in the river
  • March 26: Upper Valley Pastors Breakfast in Rexburg, Idaho
  • March 30: Eastern Idaho Regional Worship Night at the City of Refuge

Thankful to God for His providential care in our midst.

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Mercy in the Margins (March – 2019)

Here are some of the highlights from February:

  • February 2:  Attended the Clothing & Resource Giveaway at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
  • February 3: I began a February sermon series in I Corinthians 13 at Providence Downtown Church.
  • February 6: I led a pastors’ luncheon at the City of Refuge downtown. Seventeen ministers were in attendance.
  • February 9:  This day marked two years for me being a chaplain at the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission. I attended the funeral service of a friend at Grace Falls.
  • February 10:  I began filling in for pulpit supply at Shepherd of the Falls Lutheran Church; afternoon Agape Feast at Providence Downtown Church.
  • February 14:  The Idaho Falls Rescue Mission had a Works Program and Staff breakfast.  Pastor Jacob Sonnenberg from Grace Falls was our guest speaker.
  • February 15: I supported two different friends teaching in small group Bible studies, one at Lincoln Court Retirement Center and the other in the Sonshine Room of the City of Refuge.
  • February 17:  I preached in afternoon services at the Bonneville County Jail.
  • February 27:  Providence Downtown Church begins a “Roots by the River” Bible study and discipleship group that will take place each Wednesday, 4:00 pm, at the Villa Coffeehouse downtown.

Would you like to contribute financially on a monthly basis to my missionary work?  Here are three 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.  For the month of February, I received $850 in monthly support.  Thank you so much!

On the home front:

We are so grateful and proud of our four kids: Elon is working steadily in lower management at our local hospital and also providing some case management for one of the counseling agencies in town.  During March, Hannah’s job will be paying her to spend a week in San Francisco for college recruitment.  Mariah is getting straight A’s in her first year at the University of Idaho. Her sorority has enlisted her to be their academic chair. And Micaiah just went to state for wrestling; now he begins a spring season in track.

Prayer requests: 

  1. This weekend, March 1-3, I have thirteen men in my group who will be attending the Men’s Engage Retreat at Old Faithful Christian Ranch. The theme is “What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ?”
  2. Please pray for our infant church plant–Providence Downtown.  March 10 marks one year for our ministry. It is vital that we have the leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Please pray for the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission. We are hosting a “Walk In the Cold” event, March 9, that raises awareness on homelessness in our community.
  4. Pray as I connect with pastors to encourage them.

My three main 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 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, and counsel, and (3) Assisting with discipleship components for the IFRM Work’s Program.
  3. Be a blessing to the pastors in our city and the region.

May Jesus reign as King!

roots by the river,

Todd Wood (downtown missionary)

 

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Mercy in the Margins (February – 2019)

The new year has begun well.  We are grateful for God’s mercies that are new every morning.  Great is His faithfulness!

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