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Jeff Gross

Missionary Information

Name: Jeff Gross
Age: 51

Mission Field: Thailand

Years of Service: 6

Home Church: Treasure Valley Baptist Church
Meridian, Idaho

Missions Agency: Baptist International Missions Inc.
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Our Missionary for 6 years

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Missionary Update 09/16/2019

Dear Churches and Friends,

 

We had one young man (Note) come forward for baptism this past month. He believed on Jesus Christ about a year ago. We have several other young men that are candidates for baptism as well. Each has received Jesus as their Saviour, and each has been coming to church and Bible studies. However, they are reluctant to follow the Lord in this important step of obedience. For some believers in Thailand it is difficult to follow this ordinance ordained by Jesus.  There is an undercurrent of fear from family and society to step out and stand with our Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, our young men are first generation Christians. So, they have no good Christian example to follow. They are setting the example, which is not easy for Thai men.

One of our goals at Bible Baptist Church is to teach and train these young men to be good leaders in the church. Consequently, we try to provide opportunities to practice what they have learned by doing different outreach ministries. One outreach ministry is going to children’s homes. We recently went to a home that cares for about 60 children. The Thai young men put together a gospel message where each one had a part. They also took their violins and played a couple of songs for the home. These young men do an excellent job and are getting more and more comfortable giving the gospel. Thanks for your prayers and support.

Baptism of Note, on my immediate right

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

Prayer

  • Salvation of Maiy, Pai, Mean, Myk
  • Salvation of Daet’s Mom, Jeni, Ni
  • Learning Language &Culture
  • Churches in Thailand

Romans 6:3-4 - “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death. 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.”

  • Seeds to Take Root in Hearts               

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Missionary Update 04/01/2019

Dear Churches and Friends,

Bible Baptist Church is doing well. This month we baptized a young woman. She is a third year student at the local university. She got saved about seven months ago with our group. She has been faithful in coming to church services and also to Friday night Bible studies, but had not come forward for baptism. However, this month she asked to be baptized. We did another Bible study on baptism for her and several others that have yet to be baptized. We are thankful for her salvation and now for her decision to follow the Lord in baptism. Pray that her testimony will work in the hearts of others. There are several others that have yet to be baptized. In addition, some of her lost friends have been coming to church and also went to her baptism.

Last year we translated a series of Bible doctrinal lessons geared to build a solid foundation for new Christians. We have two young men (Daet and Toe) that are teaching the lessons. Both are growing in the Lord and have a desire to serve. It is encouraging to see these young men grow. It is also a strong testimony to the other Thai Christians and non Christians.  

Thank you for your prayers and support. May our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified.

Additional Prayer List for Growth: Note, Non, Birt, Tuey, A Liang, Fang and Furn

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

Prayer

  • Salvation: Keem,SaAng,Myk,Pai, Mai
  • Salvation: Daet’s Mom, Jeni, Ni, Kae
  • Learning Language & Culture
  • Churches in Thailand

2 Peter 1:5-7 – “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.”

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Missionary Update 03/04/2019

Dear Churches and Friends,

We recently were able to host a creation seminar at a local university where I am working with several students. Dr. Andy McIntosh, a former professor and researcher from England, came to Chiang Mai. He is now retired, but has done extensive research in several scientific fields. Dr. McIntosh now travels the world teaching the Genesis account of creation, and also debates with prominent atheists. We were delighted to have the opportunity to host a meeting with him. We reserved a room at the university and invited students to attend. He presented many facts that disprove the theory of evolution. These presentations are great for the students in that it strengthens their faith in God and the Bible.

This last year we were blessed to see several young men accept Christ as their personal Saviour. For these young men, it is their first experience in church and in the Bible. So, we are literally “starting from scratch” in regards to discipling them.   They are first generation Christians and, therefore, have no experience in Christianity. We recently made a series of 17 Bible lessons geared to root and ground new Christians in the faith. We have 2 Thai young men that have been with us now for a couple of years teaching the new converts these lessons. It’s a great blessing for both sides. Thanks for prayers and support

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

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Missionary Update 02/05/2019

Dear Churches and Friends, 

This month we were able to host a meeting with Dr. Andrew McIntosh from England. He was a professor for many years in England and has done research in thermodynamics. He is now retired and travels around the world teaching about creation and the Genesis account. He also does debates with prominent atheists.  He came to Chiang Mai, Thailand and we were delighted to have the opportunity to host a meeting with him. We were able to reserve a room at a nearby university where I have been able to work with many students. He presented many facts that disprove the theory of evolution. The presentation is good, in that it strengthens the Thai’s faith in the Bible.

We also have a young man in our group that has been saved for a couple of years now. However, he has not been faithful in church. His mother fell ill and spent several days in the hospital. We were able to go and visit his mom in the hospital. It turned out to be a great experience for all. Since our visit the young man has started coming to prayer and Bible study. In addition, at the hospital we were able to go around and pass out tracts. The young man’s name is Mike.

Thank you for your prayers and support. May our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified.

Additional Prayer List for Growth: Note, Non, Birt, Tuey, A Liang, Fang and Furn

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

Prayer

  • Salvation: Keem, Pete, Myk, Pai, Mai
  • Salvation: Daet’s Mom, Jeni, Ni, Kae
  • Learning Language & Culture
  • Churches in Thailand

Ecclesiastes 7:2-3 – “It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.”  

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Missionary Update 12/03/2018

Dear Churches and Friends, 

Bible Baptist Church is doing well. We have had several new visitors come to church lately. It is encouraging to have visitors. In Thailand, often it is the visitors first time to be in church. It is a great opportunity to not just tell them about the gospel but show them. Many times we will get visitors to return because they comment on how friendly the church is. We currently have four university students that have come to church several times. They are not saved, but are very interested in learning more about Jesus. Their names are mentioned below.

It takes time for the Thai to understand a Holy, Infinite God. It takes time for a Thai to understand the love of God is at Calvary. Thai Buddhism is a mix of pure Buddhism and local animistic beliefs in spirits, fortune telling, astrology, and sorcery. Ceremonies are also very important in Thai culture. Mostly, the practices and beliefs are to manipulate spirits to get what you want, i.e. success, money, health…  It is this understanding of spiritual reality that Thai people bring to the table when they come to church for the first time. Consequently, we try to explain terms like: God, heaven, hell, sin, and eternal life carefully.

Thank you for your prayers and support. May our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified.

Additional Prayer List for Growth: Note, Non, Birt, Tuey, A Liang, and Fang

 

Together for His service

Jeff Gross

Prayer

  • Salvation: Keem, Pete, Myk, Pai
  • Salvation: Daet’s Mom, Jeni, Ni, Kae
  • Learning Language & Culture
  • Churches in Thailand

Colossians 2:6-7 – “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”  

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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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