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Jeff Gross

Missionary Information

Name: Jeff Gross
Age: 49

Mission Field: Thailand

Years of Service: 4

Home Church: Treasure Valley Baptist Church
Meridian, Idaho

Missions Agency: Baptist International Missions Inc.
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Our Missionary for 4 years

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Missionary Update 12/01/2017

Dear Churches and Friends,

Bible Baptist Church in Chiang Mai is now 6 months old. The church is doing well. We had several visitors come this month. All lost, and each has come back for another visit as well. The general thought here is that Jesus was a good teacher that started a religion. And all religions are good, because they teach people to do well. So, when they hear the truth of the word of God, they are a bit bewildered. Many believe Christianity is a religion for westerners only. We know that the power of God is in the gospel of Christ. Therefore, our goal is to plant the seeds of the gospel and let the Holy Spirit work in their hearts. Praise the Lord for the opportunity to preach and teach the truth of the gospel.

The university Christian group held a day camp for the students. Throughout the day there were scheduled Bible studies, games and meals. It was a good day of fellowship for the students. They invited me to do a lesson, and I taught on leadership characteristics of the Apostle Paul. We also had a men’s outing this month. I was able to take 6 young men to a nearby mountain for a one night stay. We had a good time of prayer and fellowship. One of the young men (Tuey) is not a Christian. Thank you for your sacrifice in this ministry.

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

Prayer

  • Salvation: Tuey Pete Mean Su & Pai
  • Learning Language & Culture
  • Hong’s Father & Family to Get Saved
  • Churches in Thailand
  • Seeds to Take Root in Hearts 

2 Samuel 10:12 – “Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.”              

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Missionary Update 11/13/2017

Dear Churches and Friends,

We were able to help start a church in the city of LamPhun, about an hour south of Chiang Mai. We helped Cornerstone Baptist Church for two years. However, our group from the university area is growing, and we are unable to continue to travel to LamPhun. The Lord has blessed our group and Cornerstone Baptist church in LamPhun is growing. Therefore, we have decided to attend Bible Baptist Church in Chiang Mai instead. This Bible believing church is a church plant that has also just started. Our attendance has been a great blessing to the church.  I have been preaching the Sunday morning message, and ask for your prayers that my language skills improve.  

On recent semester break from college, three of our recent converts were able to travel home. This was their first trip home since becoming Christians. All three experienced grief. All are first generation Christians in their homes. This becomes very difficult times for families. Family members are often fearful and confused at what it is to be a Christian. The opposition that comes from families is hard on a new Christian. It then becomes difficult for a new Christian to stay in church and grow spiritually. Pray that these three young men, ToToe, Daet, and Bluem don’t become too discouraged, but grow stronger in the Lord. Thanks for your prayers and support. They are greatly appreciated.

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

Prayer

  • Salvation of Pete, Pai, Mean, Suk
  • Learning Language & Culture
  • Hong’s Father & Family to Get Saved
  • Churches in Thailand
  • Seeds to Take Root in Hearts  

Song of Solomon8:6-7 “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.”               

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Missionary Update 09/01/2017

Dear Churches and Friends,

Paul says in Corinthians that “there are many adversaries”.  That is certainly the case here in Thailand. Spiritual oppression is very strong here and has been for hundreds of years. As a result, there is strong resilience against the word of God; however, there are open doors as well. And God’s word is always stronger than the opposition. Consequently, we were very pleased when we received our new leather bound Bibles. It was neat to see the smiles on the young men’s faces when they each received a nice gold-trimmed leather Bible.   

One of the young men recently saved, ToToe, asked to be baptized. This is encouraging because he asked to do this on his own. In Thailand, it is easy to influence someone to pray the sinner’s prayer or to get baptized… So, one needs to be very careful that the influence comes from the Lord and not from the missionary. After his request to be baptized, we did a study on baptism with the group. That way all had a better understanding of baptism. Christians here have very little teaching on even the most basic doctrines of the Bible. Consequently, I try to teach each doctrine carefully. Thanks for your prayers and support. May this be fruit to your account.

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

Prayer

  • Salvation of Mario, NaTee & Pai
  • Learning Language & Culture
  • Hong’s Father & Family to Get Saved
  • Churches in Thailand
  • Seeds to Take Root in Hearts

Romans 6:4 – “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”            

Missionary Update 08/04/2017

Dear Churches and Friends, 

College Ministry – One of the young men that recently got
saved, ToToe, has asked to follow the Lord in believer’s baptism. I’m very
encouraged because he asked to do this on his own. I pray that it will
encourage the other young man recently saved to get baptized as well. Before we
baptize him, we plan to do a study on baptism so all understand what it means.

We have also had several other students come to church with
us. For some of these students it is their first time to go to church. Church
is very foreign to many people here in Thailand. Students will ask permission
from parents before going. Students will also ask parents for permission to
become a Christian. It is very important for a son or daughter not to bring
shame to their family. Consequently, there is a certain amount of fear and
uncertainty around the church. Praise the Lord; we have a special opportunity
to introduce these Thai’s to our Lord Jesus Christ and to the church.

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

Prayer

  • Salvation of Pluem & Pai
  • Learning Language & Culture
  • Hong’s Father & Family to Get Saved
  • Churches in Thailand
  • Seeds to Take Root in Hearts

Jeremiah 9:24 – “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that
he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the
Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and  righteousness, in the earth: for in these
things I delight, saith the Lord.”    

Missionary Update 06/02/2017

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Missionary Update 05/05/2017

Dear Churches and Friends, March April 2017

Cornerstone Baptist Church held a special invitation day. We printed invitation cards and the church distributed them to friends and family members who do not normally attend services. We also invited old members who stopped attending for different reasons. Invitations work well in Thailand, and add a personal touch that Thai’s appreciate. Several new visitors attended, plus some lost family members. The message was centered on how Jesus died for our sins and rose again on the third day. Following the service, we catered a lunch for everyone and a good time of fellowship was had by all.

Continued
One of the young men I have been working with at the college led another student to the Lord. This was his first convert. My friend said that they talked about the bible for several hours, well into the night. This other student asked many questions and then accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour. My friends name is Sanya and the convert’s name is Daet. Daet has also come to church with us several times now. Sanya was thankful that we had had many Bible studies together. The studies helped him to answer the questions. We were both encouraged; but most important, it is a great victory for our Lord. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Sanya and Daet

Together for His service
Jeff Gross
Prayer
• Salvation of Mario, Pai
• Learning Language & Culture
• Hong’s Father & Family to Get Saved
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to Take Root in Hearts
Colossians 1:14-15 - In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:”

Missionary Update 02/27/2017

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Missionary Update 01/02/2017

Dear Churches and Friends,

As always, thank you for your prayers. I am in the middle of doing visa work. Visa work is an ongoing process and is a time of stress and of holding one’s breath. Thailand requires visas to be renewed each year and recently added an additional step. So far all is going well. We have to do a lot of paperwork, but overall Thailand is easier than some other countries. The king of Thailand recently died. He began his reign in 1946 and was the world’s longest reigning monarch. He was highly respected because he spent a lot of his time helping the poor people of Thailand. He started many projects aimed at helping Thailand’s poor farmers.
“And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.” We have an ongoing tract ministry here in Thailand, and recently finished a new batch of tracts. We printed 10,000 tracts and have sent several thousand to others churches as well. There is another missionary that does an excellent job bringing in Thai Bibles. So, we are blessed to have a good supply of God’s word to give out. Sowing God’s word is very important to us; therefore we try to give God’s word to as many people as possible. It is my prayer that this will be fruit to your account. Thanks again for your prayers.

Together for His service
Jeff Gross
Prayer
• Salvation of Mike, Mario, Pai
• Learning Language & Culture
• Hong’s Father & Family to Get Saved
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to Take Root in Hearts
Psalms 149:5-6 – “Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand.”

Missionary Update 10/31/2016

Dear Churches and Friends,

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock…to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Praise the Lord for the local church. The importance of the church can’t be overstated. It is the pillar and ground of the truth. Sila Baptist Church in LamPhun continues to go forward. Next month will be the one year anniversary of the church. We are currently doing a series of lessons from the Old Testament. Here in Thailand many Christians don’t carry a Bible with them, and if they do a lot of times it is a New Testament only.
Consequently, I enjoy teaching from the Old Testament and encouraging Thai’s to read the entire Bible. “Every word of God is pure” and “is profitable for doctrine”. To help build relationships and meet new people, we recently did a one day English seminar. We continue to pray for and follow up on those who came. In addition, I had a good opportunity to teach the Bible at a local university Christian group. The Lord opened this door through two young men that have been coming to church with me. Both attend the university. Thanks for your sacrifice, prayers, and support. May the thanksgivings of many rebound to the glory of God.

Together for His service
Jeff Gross

Prayer
• Salvation of Mike, Yok & Aoy
• Learning Language & Culture
• Hong’s Father & Family to Get Saved
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to Take Root in Hearts
1 Tim 3:15 – “But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”

Missionary Update 08/30/2016

Dear Churches and Friends,

“Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still.” E.M.Bounds It is amazing that God invites us to pray and even says to “come bodly unto the throne of grace”. This past month we did a series on prayer in the Lamphun Church. It was a great reminder of the importance of prayer and how powerful prayer is. Some principles of prayer were taught. One obvious point given is that we simply must pray. The Bible says “ye have not, because ye ask not”. In addition, we must be holy. If we want a holy God to hear and answer our prayers, we need to be clean.


It sure challenged me on my prayer life, and I pray the church was challenged as well. The Holy Spirit continues to shape and mold us into the image of Christ through prayer, His word, and the church. We also made a trip to the boys’ home. I invited a Thai pastor to come with me to the home, and we did two days of Bible studies. There was a good attentive spirit. It seemed like the young men were encouraged. Thank you for all your prayers. I appreciate your prayers for this ministry in Thailand. Without God in the work it will not amount to anything. We want God’s hand in everything we do.
Teaching Sunday School

Together for His service
Jeff Gross
Prayer
• Salvation of Mike, Yok & Aoy
• Learning Language & Culture
• Hong’s Father & Family to Get Saved
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to Take Root in Hearts
Phil 4:6-7 – “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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