Mercy in the Margins (July – 2018)

Hi all,
I praise God for Berean Baptist Church taking me on as a downtown missionary!  God is good and gracious.  It is an honor to be partnering together with the Berean family.  I am thankful for the love, prayers, and support of both Emmaus Road Church and Berean Baptist Church in Idaho Falls.
We are halfway through the year in ministry at the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.  I would estimate that approximately 50 men and 25 women have attended morning Bible studies at the City of Refuge (men’s shelter) and Ruth House (women’s shelter) so far in 2018.  We are thankful for every gospel seed that is sown in the soil of human hearts.
Concerning Providence Downtown Church, we are four months into this new faith adventure.  We meet on Sunday nights, 6:45 pm, in the downtown historic Rogers Building at 320 B Street. We go high in our prayers (for mercy in the margins); we go deep in our study and discipleship (roots by the river), and we go broad in our fellowship (Jesus in Idaho Falls).  Approximately 145 people have worshipped in our services since the beginning, and thirty people form a core nucleus.  We have touched the lives of over one hundred men who are incarcerated, teaching in the local jail and mailing out discipleship materials.  There is so much need, and yet we have barely scratched the surface.  Please pray. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, I am down at the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.  On Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays, I am around the city, striving to be a missionary for the King.  Call me.  Connect with me.  Let us partner together to see the Lord lifted up in our midst.
Here are some of the highlights from June

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Mercy in the Margins (June – 2018)

Hi all,

I visited Fulton Street in downtown Manhattan. A little over 160 years ago, a gentleman named Jeremiah Lanphier, called for a noonday prayer.  And this led to a great spiritual awakening.  I have been thinking about prayer meetings today which by God’s grace can spark similar movements.  Let us faithfully gather collectively for prayer.

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Mercy in the Margins (May – 2018)

Hi all

Providence Downtown Church (Facebook Page) has just finished its second month of ministry.  We rejoice over what God is doing in men and women’s lives.  The Idaho Falls Rescue Mission (Facebook Page) recently had another gentleman graduate from the Works Program.  Emmaus Road Church (Facebook Page) has seen new levels of spiritual growth.  And our city and Southeast Idaho region have been experiencing renewed touches of God’s blessing.  The signs of spring are everywhere.  May Jesus be glorified!

Here are some of the highlights from April

  • April 1:  On Easter Sunday, my sister, Debbie Falconer, shared her testimony of faith in the midst of the fire.  Fifty-four people were in attendance at Providence Downtown Church.
  • April 4: Fourteen servants of Jesus gathered for lunch at the City of Refuge to share and pray.
  • April 8: I had the great privilege to preach in the morning service at First Evangelical Lutheran Church while Pastor Jason Ginsburg was out of town. Later in the day, Providence Downtown Church had a baptismal service at Berean Baptist Church.  Six men were baptized.  Great joy!!  And we loved the fellowship with Pastor Ken Feliciano and the Berean brothers and sisters.  Also, I love Berean’s new website!  Well done, indeed!
  • April 10: Upper Valley Pastors’ Morning Breakfast and Fellowship in Ashton, Idaho
  • April 12:  Visited with missionaries to Asia, Tim and Laura Berrey and their six children (Live With A Mission).  It was terrific to see my old friend.
  • April 13:  Salvation of a brother in a downtown coffee shop.
  • April 14: Graduation ceremony for Benjamin Nielson from the IFRM Works Program.
  • April 15: Afternoon ministry to the inmates at the Bonneville County Jail.
  • April 17:  Warriors For Truth Pastor’s Fellowship.
  • April 22:  We listened to Peter Vasquez of Second Chance Ministries in Fort Hall, Idaho.  In the evening, Chris Anderson shared his testimony at Providence Downtown Church.
  • April 28:  We enjoyed fellowship as we watched the movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ.
  • April 29:  Afternoon ministry at the Bonneville County Jail.  In the evening, two men were baptized in the river at South Tourist Park.  A glorious celebration!

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 in care of my name as well, or (3) You are welcome to give directly to me.  For the month of April, I received $1550 in ongoing monthly support and $150 in special gifts.  Thank you so much!

On the home front: My sister Debbie Falconer and her four kids spent a week in Idaho Falls.  What a blessing!  In upcoming days, we will see our oldest son, Elon, receive his college diploma.  And our youngest daughter, Mariah, will be graduating from Skyline High School.

Prayer requests:

  1. Pray for a great gathering this Thursday, May 3, on the National Day of Prayer.
  2. Please pray for the staff and residents of the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission.  Pray for an upcoming mission trip, May 19-21, to the Union Gospel Rescue Mission of Missoula, Montana.
  3. Please pray for Downtown Providence Church, Emmaus Road Church, Berean Baptist Church, and all the other smaller church families seeking to be a vibrant witness to the gospel of Jesus in Idaho Falls.
  4. Please pray for restored health for my brother-in-law, Pastor Joe Lacy, in Rexburg, Idaho.

My three main ministry objectives: 

  1. Be a servant pastor with Providence Downtown Church that specifically ministers to the incarcerated, the addicted, the homeless, and impoverished.  It is a church ministering 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, 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 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 (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)

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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.

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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.

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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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