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Jeff Gross

Missionary Information

Name: Jeff Gross
Age: 50

Mission Field: Thailand

Years of Service: 5

Home Church: Treasure Valley Baptist Church
Meridian, Idaho

Missions Agency: Baptist International Missions Inc.
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Our Missionary for 5 years

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Missionary Update 04/02/2018

Dear Churches and Friends,

This last month we had two young men come forward and ask to be baptized. These two young men; Deat & Faurd, have both been Christians for about one year now. They both are also first generation Christians. It is rather easy in Thailand to get someone to pray or to be baptized. The decision is not from the Holy Spirit but comes from the persuasion of man. So, I try to teach them to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading when they make a decision for the Lord. I teach them from the Bible what baptism is and how important it is, but tell them to decide on their own when they are ready. They were baptized a couple weeks apart and each asked on their own accord. It is encouraging to see Thai young men making decisions for the Lord Jesus Christ. Deat and Faurd each gave a good testimony.

We are currently working on a track from Adoniram Judson. After working in Burma and learning the language and culture he wrote a track about the eternal God. Adoniram believed the track would help the Burmese to better understand the God of the Bible. Thailand which is right next to Burma has similar beliefs. The track he wrote is also very applicable to Thais. We will use this track along with the Chick tracts that we already have in the Thai language. Thanks for prayers and support. Lord Bless.

Additional Salvation Prayer List: Note, Ttaum & Nome

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

1 Peter 3:18 – “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the spirit.”

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Missionary Update 03/02/2018

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Missionary Update 02/05/2018

Dear Churches and Friends,

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” I’ve had several men ask if they can come and study the Bible regularly. The best time for them turned out to be Friday night. So, we started meeting on Fridays for Bible study. In addition, I have invited the college students to come as well. Our study has turned into a regular meeting. We have been meeting now for a couple of months. We have also had several non-Christians come to the study as well.

I have started a new project; which entails translating seventeen short lessons. The seventeen study lessons are designed to give the child of God basic Bible doctrine.  The studies range from salvation to the second coming of Christ. The main goal, of course; is to build a good foundation in God’s word (something that is greatly lacking here in Thailand). Eventually, these lessons will be used in church by mature Christians training new converts. They will also be used in the local villages.  Thanks for your prayers and support. May the Lord Bless.

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  

Additional Salvation Prayer List: Note, Ttaum & Pok

John 21:25 – “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written, Amen.”             

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Missionary Update 01/02/2018

Dear Churches and Friends, 

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.  In December we celebrate the birth of Christ and look forward to the return of Christ. Although we look forward to the return Christ many here don’t know about His first coming. Needless to say, December is a good month to teach about the birth of Jesus Christ and why He came to earth. So, we use this month as an opportunity to tell the gospel in places we normally wouldn’t have that option.  

Bible Baptist church put together a Christmas play designed to explain the true meaning of Christmas. We were allowed in four schools this year and one children’s home, ranging from 40 to 170 students. Praise the Lord for opportunities like this to present the gospel to so many students at one time. Most have very little idea of what we celebrate at Christmas. 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.

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

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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:”

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