Ron and Laura Back2019-08-21T14:52:58-05:00

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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

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


(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: Busy Months in the Lord’s Work

Ron Back Prayer Letter:  Busy Months in the Lord's WorkGod is so good! March and April have been so busy! Just trying to get Internet and utilities back in order from our move seems to be a full-time job, as we have moved shires/counties. We finally finished moving halfway through March and are still unpacking. The house God has given us is smaller than the house we were in so my skills are being put to the test with placing furniture and things.

The fires here in Victoria in March were going on at the same time! The flames came within six miles of our house and seemed to dominate the lives of everyone for over a week. Our town had fires burning in areas all around, and we are in a bit of a bowl with the mountain ranges around us. The smoke was very intense, and at one point, there were embers landing at the church building. It was really wonderful to see how the country pulls together when there is a disaster. We weren’t able to drive the highway, as the fires were across it at several points. Bro. Blanchard’s two oldest sons, who stayed in Australia while they were on furlough, stayed over with us for two nights when their area was evacuated. Most of all, we want to praise the Lord for how God provided and kept the homes of everyone safe and the people safe as well.

Winter is rapidly approaching; everything is turning green. The snow season starts in June. It’s still strange to have my birthday in winter and Christmas in the summer.

Laura had a great 52nd birthday. We received two wonderful care packages and many cards, which really made it special. The care packages were sent by a sweet lady in Tennessee and made Laura cry. I am weird, because I still enjoy things like Vienna Sausages and Spam, and this sweet lady sent us heaps of cans and some beautiful handmade aprons, which my girls just loved!

In the midst of this chaos, we were still seeking souls and door knocking. We knocked on the house of one man, whose name was Rajib. His story is pretty interesting. He was born in Fiji and raised in Malaysia. He is Indian by heritage—not Muslim and not completely Christian. We tried to give him the Gospel, but all he wanted to do was complain about the Hindu spiritual leaders not following their own teachings. We finally got him to talk about where he went to church. He said his wife went to a Pentecostal church near Longwarry, but he no longer goes because he feels he can worship his deity in ANY church or religious service. He did invite us to come back and share some more of our beliefs, and we are happy to do so. Please pray for Rajib to be saved.

We are finding so many people here with a mixture of Christianity and everything else. It is helping me to understand Paul trying to win the Greeks and having to go back to Creation to even prove there is a God. Please pray for us to be able to give the Gospel to more people, as we believe there are many people out there who want salvation.


Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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