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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 11/02/2018

Dear Churches and Friends, 

“And ye shall be witnesses unto me…” One of our witnessing tools is an A-Frame of the “Three things that God Cannot Do”. We made one in Thai and take it to places that have a lot of foot traffic. We also bring along some pictures of things relevant to Thai culture. It is geared for Thai’s to see God and to see their need for salvation. This opens a great door for witnessing and handing out tracts. In addition we also had a men’s retreat. We spent one night in a nearby mountain, and had an excellent time of Bible study, prayer, and testimony. There was a great spirit and we all were encouraged. Thank you for your prayers and support – May our Lord be glorified.

Bible Baptist Church has really been blessed this year. We have already seen God’s goodness in bringing several souls to salvation. This last month we had another young man receive Jesus as his Saviour. His name is Tuey. He continues to come to church and Bible study. He also started learning the trumpet and wants to be able to play in church. Praise the Lord for such a heart in a young Christian. We have several young Christians now. They are also first generation Christians with little Bible knowledge. Please pray for these young Christians to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ: Note, Non, Birt, Tuey, A Liang, & Fang.

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

Prayer

  • Salvation of Pete, Pai, Mean, Myk
  • Salvation of Daet’s Mom, Jeni, Ni
  • Learning Language &Culture
  • Churches in Thailand
  • Seeds to Take Root in Hearts

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”

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Missionary Update 10/01/2018

Dear Churches and Friends,

This last month we had a men’s retreat. Our group of college students spent one night up in a nearby mountain. That day we had a Bible study about the local church. After the Bible study we went on a mountain hike. Then in the evening we made a fire and had a time of singing and testimonies. The next morning we met and took prayer requests and had a sweet time in prayer. The meals were excellent as well, and we had a great time of fellowship. Altogether we had 10 young men go and we also met with a family. There was a good spirit and all were encouraged.

We had one young man come to church and say that he was born a Christian.  This is a common thought in Thailand. That one is born a Christian or born a Buddhist. Thai’s think that all “westerners” are Christians. Therefore, it was natural for him to say he was born a Buddhist or Christian. We spend a couple of weeks going through the Bible, and learning about the new birth. He realized his lost condition and since has believed on Jesus Christ for salvation. We are very thankful to see the young man saved and thankful the Lord brought him our way. Thanks for prayers and support.

Additional Salvation Prayer List: Myk, Ni, Jenny

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

Prayer

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

Psalms 119:16,18 – “I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”

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Missionary Update 09/04/2018

Dear Churches and Friends,

Bible Baptist Church is going well. This last month we had several new visitors. Most were invited by our college students. We also had two young men get saved; both are students at the university. Their names are Non, and Note. Both had come to Bible studies and to church for over a month before getting saved. Life is not easy for Thai’s after salvation. Our group is nearly all first generation Christians and face not just spiritual opposition, but emotional oppression. Emotional oppression comes from family and society. One example: a new Christian is made to feel like he betrayed his family and Thai tradition by becoming a Christian.

In addition, we just finished a three part tract series. The three tracts are an explanation of God, sin and salvation. The culture here is a mixture of Buddhist and animism. Their view of words like “God” “sin” “heaven” “hell” and “eternal life” are different than what the Bible teaches. Many Thai’s think Christianity is a western foreign religion. Consequently it takes time for some barriers to come down before a Thai will understand what salvation is. Therefore, our prayer is that these tracts will give a clear meaning to each term using verses from the Bible. Thank you for your prayers.

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

Prayer

  • Salvation of Pete, Pai, Mean, Suk
  • Salvation of Daet’s Mom, Myk, Tuey
  • Learning Language &Culture
  • Churches in Thailand
  • Seeds to Take Root in Hearts

1 Peter 1:18-19 – “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”              

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Missionary Update 08/13/2018

Dear Churches and Friends,

Bible Baptist Church is going well. This last month we had several new visitors. Most were invited by our college students. We also had two young men get saved; both are students at the university. Their names are Non, and Note. Both had come to Bible studies and to church for over a month. In addition, many seeds have been planted in the hearts of others as well.

We have been truly blessed and have seen several people get saved these last few months. It is a blessing to see the Holy Spirit work through His words. These new converts continue to come to church and Bible study. However, life is not easy for them after salvation. They are all first generation Christians and face not just spiritual opposition, but emotional oppression.

Emotional oppression comes from family and society. One example: a new Christian is made to feel like he betrayed his family and Thai tradition by becoming a Christian. The young man Non, called to tell his Dad and Mom that he had accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour, and his parents said they didn’t want to talk to him anymore. Most of this comes from fear and confusion. It takes time and prayer for hearts to understand and come to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

1 Corinthians 16:9 – “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.”

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: Mik, Ni, Jenny     

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Missionary Update 07/02/2018

Dear Churches and Friends,

We had two salvations last month at Bible Baptist Church. Both are students at the local university. A young woman named Fang and a young man named A Liang. Both had been witnessed to, given tracts, come to church several times, and come to our Bible study group. Both also took over two months for their salvation. We praise the Lord for these two salvations. I’m thankful our group has a good testimony. They prayed regularly for them and gave a good presentation of the gospel both in word and deed. It is great to see the word of God working in hearts both of the lost and saved.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” A brief testimony of the word of God: A young man, Daet, was saved about a year ago. At that time he was living with his girl friend, had long hair and liked to go out drinking. Since his salvation and baptism, he has moved out on his own, cut his hair and has stopped drinking. He has also started playing the violin in church. In addition, we finished formatting and printing a tract written by Adoniram Judson about the eternal God (Jesus Christ). We also printed the book of Luke. We will hand Luke out with the tract.

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

1 Thessalonians 2:13 – “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”         

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Missionary Update 06/04/2018

Dear Churches and Friends,

Our Friday night Bible study is going well. We are currently studying the book of Genesis. Our goal is to study through Chapter 12 and build a foundation in God’s word. One man, Sura, from a local tribal group will come and study with us on Friday’s and take the lesson back and teach his people (a tribe called Lahu). He can speak and read Thai but some of his tribe cannot. Therefore it is a great opportunity for him and us. We also had a young Thai man get saved at a Friday night study. He, (His name A Liang), is a student from the local university. He came to church a couple times with us and showed an interest in the Bible. We then invited him to a Bible study and he accepted Christ as his saviour. We praise the Lord that He can use our group to reach others with the gospel.

Last month we formatted and printed a tract that Adoniram Judson had written. The tract gave an explanation of the eternal God. It was his first tract written to the Burmese. In addition, we just printed the book of Luke. It is similar in format to a John and Romans. In the front we added an explanation of the Bible and the book of Luke. The bible can be overwhelming to a Thai that is not a Christian. We therefore, will give them a tract and the book of Luke. This will give them an introduction to Jesus and God’s word before giving them the whole Bible.  Thanks for your prayers and support. May God 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

Genesis 15:18 – “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates”

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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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