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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 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.

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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.”

Missionary Update 07/01/2016

Dear Churches and Friends,

“And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” LamPhun Baptist Church is doing very well. We are just past 6 months since starting. We have a regular group attending, and have had a number of visitors. Some saved and many unsaved. We continue to build relationships with those that have come. We have a few that come to church from time to time, but have not accepted Christ yet. Our prayer is that we will not only see them get saved but continue to grow in the local church. We also had our first communion service. For some it was their first communion.

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So, we spent some time explaining the ordinance of communion. It was a good time of inner reflection. There was an excellent spirit and we seemed to grow closer as a church family. We praise the Lord for the church and for receptive hearts. In addition, I have recently done some volunteer English teaching at a local university. This has led to one young man coming to church with me when he can. He is already a Christian, however his family is not. As always I appreciate your prayers and sacrifice for this ministry. May God bless your labors.

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
Ps 138:2 – “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

Missionary Update 04/29/2016

Dear Churches and Friends, March & April 2016

“I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.” Recently the Lord opened a door to minister at a boy’s home in a nearby province. This verse comes to mind when ministering there. Because few people if any care for the young men, and certainly none care for their souls. However, the Lord knows and cares. I continue to make visits to preach and teach at the home. Recently, I also invited them to Chiang Mai to play soccer. We rented a soccer field and had a four team playoff. The teens don’t often get a chance to leave the province, so they were well pleased. Like most teens, they loved the competition.

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In addition, we are currently working on a tract project. We have decided to print two tracts in the Thai language. The necessary print ready work has been finished for the first tract and five thousand have been printed and are ready for distribution. A couple other ministries liked what we had done, so a couple thousand were sent to them as well. We are now working to get a second tract print ready. It will be printed when completed. Thanks for the many prayers made for this ministry. I appreciate you and your prayers and sacrifice, and pray the Lord will richly bless you as well.
Printing Tracts in Thai

Together for His service
Jeff Gross
Prayer
• Salvation of Mike, Noo & Gung
• Learning Language & Culture
• Hong’s Father & Family to Get Saved
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to Take Root in Hearts
Isa 55:11 – “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Missionary Update 02/29/2016

Dear Churches and Friends, January February 2016

“…baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” The Lamphun Baptist Church had a special service this month. We had our first baptism service, and saw four Thai’s baptized. Also, we had several lost visitors come for the occasion and were able to present the gospel to them. The testimony of baptism is very strong here in Thailand. The reason being to identify yourself with Christ here can bring heavy consequences. In Thailand it is not so much physical consequences, but social and emotional. Many times a Thai is the first and only Christian in the family. The conversion of a

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family member brings fear to the family. In return the family will accuse the new Christian of betraying family, culture, and country. Family honor is very important here, so it is hard for a new Christian. They don’t want to do something that will bring dishonor to the family. Some families may go as far as breaking off contact with the Christian family member. These consequences can weigh heavily on a new Christian and even on someone deciding to become a Christian. So it was encouraging to see these Thai’s get baptized. In addition, the service was a great testimony to the lost. Thanks and praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ.

First Baptism Service

Together for His service
Jeff Gross

Prayer
• Salvation of Mike and Gung
• Learning Language & Culture
• Hong’s Father to Get Saved
• Churches in Thailand
• Seeds to Take Root in Hearts
Psalm 106:1-2 – “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? Who can show forth all his praise.”

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