Ron and Laura Back2020-03-26T09:35:26-05:00

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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

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(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.


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Ron Back Prayer Letter: We Are Truly Blessed!

Ron Back Prayer Letter: We Are Truly Blessed!God is so good! We are truly blessed that so many people there in the States care for us and are praying for us. I have been dreading writing this prayer letter. Since our last letter, most of our state of Victoria has been on extreme lockdown. So many people here are scared to even speak to one another because of the Coronavirus. As far as the ministry has been going, we were just recently allowed to start meeting again, only allowing 20 people in a service and requiring us to have 4 square meters (yards) for each person. Like most of you, we have been putting sermons online and social media to communicate with our people. Soul winning has come to a complete stop for the last four months outside of a random meeting while shopping.

We were hoping to be in the States by now, but with travel restrictions, Australia is not allowing international travel until possibly next year. We would truly appreciate your prayers for a furlough next year; it will have been seven years since we have been home. I am so sorry that we are not able to come this year. I have had many churches contact us, wanting Laura and me to be with them. We believe that we were providentially hindered, but we will make every effort to see as many of you as we can next year.

Also during this time, our daughter Mary and her husband Caleb, along with my wife and me, suffered the loss of their son (our grandson), Hunter Elias Gonzales. He was stillborn at full-term on May 29; he had anencephaly, which was diagnosed early in her pregnancy. Mary has asked us to request prayer for them. They have been married 2½ years, and this was their first child. It is hard as a parent to see your children go through these trials and not be able to fix them, but it has brought us closer to the Lord and our position in Him. We would ask you to pray for Mary’s physical and emotional recovery and for the Lord to use this tragedy. Laura and I are looking forward to meeting our grandson in Heaven.

On a positive note, we were able to swear in as Australian citizens in March, just a day before total lockdown. Apparently, there is now a backlog of close to 100,000 waiting, according to their website. It was interesting to have only the three of us and one other family of Indian (India) descent. We were able to swear in on our own Bibles, and they even changed the process from swearing allegiance to the Queen of England to the people of Australia. So now, we are blessed to be citizens of three countries: Heaven with our Father, the United States with you all, and now Australia with the people God gave us. We feel so blessed of God. Please pray for people to open up to the Gospel and for our furlough.


Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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