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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! Since our last letter, we’ve had a visit from my pastor, Sam Carns. I didn’t realize how much I missed him until I saw him. We got to spend about a week together, and he was so encouraging of the work here. He gave me several sermons and some great music, and he preached to our people several times. He was a huge blessing. It was awesome to hear him preaching on stewardship, and the Aussies responded so well to the messages on giving.

My pastor got a little bit of culture shock while out soul winning with me. In the churches here, there are a lot of folks who have the same world view that Americans have, and a few of them are anti-globalists. My pastor had been fellowshipping with these Aussies and thought most Aussies were the same way, when the truth is that most Aussies who are conservative in our area would agree with Hillary Clinton and former President Obama politically. When Brother Carns and I got to go knocking doors together, we met an Aussie he was trying to witness to. Pastor was trying to get him to open up by talking to him about world events. The Aussie immediately got offended and refused to even take a tract. I told Pastor that everything here looks similar to America and feels similar to America, but the people here are morally and spiritually hard to reach. As we continued along, it was funny, because several of the people we met already knew me from doing business around town. Pastor thought it was wonderful that even though I hadn’t knocked on their doors before, I was trying to make myself known in town.

Just a few weeks ago, we had Pastor Ronald Petrick come for a visit to see Brother Abrell. He asked if Pastor Petrick could come down and preach for us while he was here. He did a good job preaching for us, but before he was supposed to go back to America, he was sightseeing with Bro. Abrell and had a heart attack. They rushed him to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, and he had emergency surgery to place two stents in his arteries. Bro. Petrick is doing better, but he was not able to fly home because of the surgery and will be here an extra four weeks. We need to praise the Lord that he had his heart attack here, because if he had flown in that condition, the doctor said the pressurized cabin of the plane would probably have killed him. Please pray for Bro. Petrick’s recovery over the next few weeks; pray that he will be able to get home safely. Also, please pray for Mrs. Petrick, as her husband of 50 years is ill and away from her.

Prayer Requests

Mary’s wedding
Our health
Souls to be saved and baptized
Pastor Petrick’s medical expenses


Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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