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RON BACK FAMILY

SERVING IN AUSTRALIA

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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

obbcwarsaw.com

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
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Ron Back
507 State Street
Hammond, IN 46320
43 Downing Square, Pakenham, VIC, 3810 Australia

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Ron Back Prayer Letter: A Very Busy Start to the Year

Ron Back Prayer Letter:  A Very Busy Start to the YearGod is so good! I cannot believe how fast this year has been going! Laura and I thought that we had sent this letter out a month ago, but to say the least, things are very, very busy.

First off, this has been the hottest summer on record in Australia, with temperatures near 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) on average in most of Australia. Because of this heat, it has been difficult witnessing to people, as everyone is just a bit on edge. While out door knocking, my son and I knocked a neighborhood I have already knocked a few times, but this time I found a lady named Laura. She came to the door and was quite pleasant and allowed me to give her the Gospel. After I got to Romans 6:23, she started asking me about our church’s stand on homosexuality. I explained that the Bible is clear about it being a sin. She allowed me to go a little further but could not get around the fact that we don’t believe that people are born homosexuals. After talking to her for a bit longer, I found out she was a lesbian. She would not be willing to give up her homosexual partner and lifestyle even for salvation. I told her that Christ died for her sins and that He loved her and wanted to give her a home in Heaven. She replied that she would rather be gay and pay for her own sins.

Talking to this lady truly broke my heart, because I have noticed that the people here are so entrenched in perversion and alcohol that they refuse to even hear the Gospel presentation. She told me that she was a frequent visitor of the Uniting Church, and she liked her female pastor there. The Uniting Church here in Australia has Baptist Union (Southern Baptist), Presbyterian, Methodist, Anglican, Uniting Aboriginal and Islander, and Congregational churches included—this is a mess!

But, praise the Lord, we are still seeing people come to Christ. If you remember from my past prayer letters, we have mentioned a little red-headed boy named Jack, whose life is truly tragic. Jack has been coming to church for many months with his grandfather. We want to thank you for your prayers, and we praise God because Jack received Christ as his Saviour.

In January, we had an older preacher, Pastor Trevor Ringwaldt, come and preach. He was 72 years old and in fragile health, but he was such a huge blessing. My pastor, Brother Sam Carns, taught me the importance of having older men of God preach for you. Brother Ringwaldt had a wonderful time on a working holiday (his words). He got to preach in six different churches while he was down here with us. I would like to encourage you, Pastors; if you would like to come to Australia and preach in several of our type of churches, please come.

We also had a member of one of our supporting churches in Ohio contact us about a woman she had met on the Internet and asked if we could visit her and give her the Gospel. She checked our address and thought we still lived in Berwick, which was only a 20-minute drive to her contact; however, we are now living in Moe, Victoria [NEW ADDRESS: 51 QUEEN STREET, MOE, VICTORIA, 3825]. This was over an hour’s drive, but we were more than happy to go and visit this lady’s friend Anita. On our first visit, she was extremely busy but pleasant and allowed us to make an appointment to come back and see her the following week. If anybody else ever has this kind of situation come up, we would be more than happy to follow up with these souls for you. We gave Anita the Gospel over and over, and we tried to take away all her excuses, but she refused to believe that God would forgive her if she was unwilling to forgive wrongs done to her. She carried a lot of guilt, especially over her husband committing suicide because she wanted a divorce. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44. Statistics show that approximately 65,300 attempts are made each year. We left her on good terms with an invitation to call at any time and directions to two good churches for her to visit. Please pray for Anita to be saved.

We are also starting our move to Moe, due to our previous house being put up for sale. This is very common here and a problem for almost everyone who rents. Our new address again is 51 QUEEN STREET, MOE, VICTORIA 3825. We are going to be farther out in rural Victoria, almost two hours away from Melbourne.

My wife and I are also trying to update our ministry photo, so we are sending out an email photo. You should be able to get a copy from the FBMI website.

Calvary’s annual Valentine’s Banquet went extremely well this year. We had 11 couples attend—our largest year yet! We had Pastor Ringwaldt give a little devotional; I told him if he preached over 20 minutes, we were going to start eating (just teasing him). The restaurant was the same one we usually go to in Drouin, the next town. I was surprised at the owner’s attitude this year, as he was extremely excited with us returning to him a third time. He even offered a microphone for our “speaker” and quieted the rest of the guests as he preached! The folks at Calvary don’t get much time to fellowship, so they really enjoy having this time for married couples only. I have tried over the last few years to put an emphasis on the importance of marriage and family. On that Sunday, we honored our two widow ladies with flowers.

Please pray for more souls to be saved, for the hearts of the people to become softer to the Gospel, for more Aussies to get baptized, and for our church to continue to grow. Please pray also for my friend, Missionary Andrew Steers, as his wife Laura has been diagnosed with cancer.

Sincerely,

Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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