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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: Absolute Whirlwind of Activty

Ron Back Prayer Letter: Absolute Whirlwind of ActivtyGod is so good! It is so hard to believe that it is already November/December! Where did 2019 go? We finished October with our fourth anniversary service. It was wonderful to see a husband and wife come to church from a small town 35 kilometers (22 miles) away.

We jumped right into November with several things happening. We had the fires start throughout Australia, our immigration test was scheduled, and we were able to spend time with all three of our kids for Thanksgiving dinner. We were also surprised by Mary and Caleb (our son-in-law), letting us know we are going to be grandparents again in May 2020. My wife is so excited because she missed the birth of our first grandson, which took place after we reached the field. Please pray for Mary as she carries this baby. We have been approved for citizenship and are just awaiting a day to swear in as Aussies. Once this is finished, we will be able to start planning our furlough. Please keep praying that our swear-in date will be soon.

December was an absolute whirlwind with Christmas caroling, which is a highlight for so many of the folks in our church. They love being able to go to the nursing homes, and I appreciate that the aged-care facilities see a need for churches to come in and minister to the people spiritually. When we go to the nursing homes, we not only sing traditional carols—no, we do not sing songs like “Jingle Bells,” but we also get to read most of the account of the birth of Christ from our King James Bible and then preach the Gospel message. The people in these facilities have so many different expressions. The saved ones are so excited and happy to hear the true Christmas message. The lost ones don’t know what to think because they are excited that we are there for them and concerned about their eternal home. We generally spend about two hours in each facility, and we personally speak with each resident.

Also in December, the fires started burning stronger and hotter. At one point, there was a wall of flames over 70 meters tall, which is almost 130 feet, in the bush country. A lot of people have lost their homes and businesses, and a lot have lost their lives. These fires are in areas on the east side of our state, in the northern part of Australia, and to the west of us. We are basically circled by the fires; but, praise the Lord, we have been safe this whole time. Last year when the fires were burning, they came within 10 kilometers of us, which was only 6 miles from our house. We haven’t had any threats that close this year. Please continue to pray, because the fire season will go throughout March (our summer). Trying to witness and go soul winning during these times is extremely challenging.

Thank you all so much for the support and the extra Christmas love offerings that you have given us this year. Thank you for partnering with us to win the lost in Australia. Please pray for more to be saved and for the church to continue to grow in 2020. We love and appreciate every one of you.

Sincerely,

Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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