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)



About Todd Wood

I am a servant of Jesus in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Join me in seeking Jesus in this city.
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