Ron and Laura Back2018-04-25T09:20:52+00:00

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Ron Birthday 07/09
Laura Birthday 03/27
Ron & Laura Wedding Anniversary 08/07
Ron Jr. Birthday 12/18
Mary Birthday 07/02
Abigail Birthday 02/08
My name is Ron Back. When I was eight years old, a missionary from a local independent Baptist church in Pierceton, Indiana, invited my brothers and me to church.  My parents enjoyed the thought of having a break from us boys every Sunday, so they encouraged us to go with the missionary family.  Shortly after this first encounter with Bro. and Mrs. Ernie Mason, I received Christ as my Saviour in Junior Church in 1980. I believe, even though I was only eight years old, that God put the desire in my heart to be a missionary, but since my family was not saved nor in a local church, Satan was able to quench that call.

My young adult years were spent out of church.  I did not get scripturally baptized until 1994 while I was attending a Baptist church in Rancho Santa Marguerita, California, during my enlistment in the United States Marine Corps.  Shortly after I was baptized, God called me a second time to the mission field under a missionary to Australia.  I went to the pastor and inquired of him about missions.  I thought God wanted me to go build churches physically with hammer and nails, not by preaching.  My pastor told me that we did not support missionaries except the kind that go and preach the Gospel and win souls to Christ, building the churches with people, not materials.  I was convinced that I was not the missionary type because I did not think I could talk or preach to large groups of people.

When my enlistment in the USMC was up, I chose to be a husband and a father instead of a career soldier.  We went back to Warsaw, Indiana, where my family was and decided to start our family there also.  Within two weeks of getting back to Warsaw in the spring of 1996, we found Open Bible Baptist Church, pastored by Sam Carns, a Hyles-Anderson College graduate.  I thought that I had finally found a home that would be permanent for my whole family.

In May of 1996, Layne Jones, a missionary to the Philippines, preached at my home church of the need for more missionaries.  This time I realized God’s call on my life. I immediately responded to the invitation and surrendered to be a missionary.  Within just a few months, I understood that God wanted me to go to Australia.

Open Bible Baptist Church

21 EMS B61B Lane, Warsaw, IN 46582

We are blessed to be sent out of Open Bible Baptist Church of Warsaw, Indiana. Pastor Sam Carns. We have a wonderful working relationship of over 17 years with Pastor Carns and are excited to represent him in our mission field
Information Packet


(574) 216-9130
Ron Back
507 State Street
Hammond, IN 46320
43 Downing Square, Pakenham, VIC, 3810 Australia




You can financially support our family and ministry by giving here online, or you can mail checks to FBMI, 507 State Street, Hammond, IN 46320, and designate your giving to Missionary #138.



Ron Back Prayer Letter: God Is So Good!

Ron Back Prayer Letter:  God Is So Good!God is so good! We saw a personal prayer request with the church here in Warragul answered, as Marg, a lady Laura knows, has beaten cancer and is now cancer-free. We prayed for her for six months. We are truly surprised at how many people we are meeting who either have or have had cancer. It is such a blessing to see the Lord work.

Laura and I spent the last three months soul winning/door knocking in Thorpdale. It is a beautiful, quiet town up in the mountains about 30 minutes from Warragul. We didn’t have nearly as much negative feedback as we normally do. We also had four great contacts made, one of whom was a young girl, about 14, named Chloe. She was quite surprised that someone was knocking on her door from a church; but, praise the Lord, she was open to receiving the Gospel. I asked her, after I explained the Gospel, if she would like to be saved, and her response surprised me: “If I needed to be saved, I would.” We were able to explain to her that death can come at any time and that she does have a need to be saved today. She then timidly prayed with us and thanked us for coming. We are praying that the Lord moves on her young heart to come to church.

We also got to speak to a lady named Eve who was about 60. She was not saved, even though her step-dad witnessed to her repeatedly. She said that he was a Salvo, a member of the Salvation Army, and I encouraged her to trust Christ also. She told me that was exactly the same thing he had been preaching to her for years. Sadly, all she wanted to tell me about was going to a concert and visiting the USA. Please pray that the Holy Spirit works on Eve’s heart.

Laura and I got to speak to another lady, and she told us that we were the first people to knock on her door in 30 years except for the Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was proud to be Lutheran and closed to the Gospel. We finished up that area recently, and it broke our hearts to think that we don’t know when we will be able to get back up to that area. There is so much work to do here and so few laborers. Please pray for more soul winners here in Gippsland.

We had a huge blessing when our neighbors, Anthony and Monique, whom we have been praying for and witnessing to for over a year, came to church. Anthony came the first week with two Japanese young men who are renting a room from them. He was surprised at how much he liked the service. The next week, he came with Monique to the morning service, and she came by herself to the evening service, as Anthony had to work. We are praying that God continues to work in their hearts. They are only 10 years younger than we are, and they call us “Mom” and “Dad,” because we are responsible and they are not. I’d love to see Anthony get saved. He is the president of his bikie (“motorcycle”) club, and he would have an amazing influence on others with the Gospel, giving us the opportunity to witness as well.
Please continue to pray for Chloe, Eve, Anthony, and Monique, for God’s protection, and for more soul winners.


Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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