Dear WMA family,
We write this letter with the new appreciation of the true, life-giving hope that only Christ can offer.
Four days before the opening session of the Greater Purpose Conference, our oldest son was randomly
and brutally attacked in Washington, D.C. by a person armed with a knife who tried to kill him.
From the moment we received a phone call about the attack, to the longest flight to Washington DC
while our son was in his first surgery, to watching him groan in pain, to hearing about the severity of his
wounds from the doctors, we had to draw on the very words and scriptures we had prepared to preach
at the conference.
The greatest encouragement came to us from our injured son. When asked how he was feeling by the
witnesses of the attack, the first responders, the police, the hospital staff, his answer was “the joy of the
Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10) His strength testified of true hope to many thousands of people as
our son’s story made it on national news.
In the meantime, surgery on the skull fracture from the knife wound was scheduled for the day when
the conference began. This made it impossible for us to be at the conference.
The enemy not only attempted to take the life of our firstborn son, but he also tried to steal the
message of hope from those who needed it the most.
The enemy cannot win! He has the power to cause evil, he can inflict pain, he can bring us grief. But he
cannot win! The joy of the Lord comes from the unchanging, dependable, benevolent character of God.
It is untarnished by the circumstances. Even when you don’t feel joyful, it must be proclaimed and
declared. Then you begin to see beauty in the greatest trials of your life.
God cares. When His son was crucified on the cross, He felt the pain of Christ’s wounds. God wept over
His son but also over those who rejected Him. From this moment of great sorrow, the greatest victory
was born, and in this victory, we have our greatest hope.
Our son’s life was spared. He is expected to make a full recovery. The Greater Purpose Conference was
not canceled. WMA staff and Pastors Dave Dolan, Marty Macdonald, Lou Perez, Don Caywood and all
the other speakers, the worship team and the volunteers carried it with true anointing and the power of
the Holy Spirit.
We are excited to share with you the report of some wonderful testimonies from the conference, the
upcoming mission opportunity in Argentina, and how you can help us reach Mexico for Jesus!
We thank all those who have been praying and have supported us through these difficult times.
Chuck and Helen Todd