Ron & Laura Back2023-06-04T16:22:23-05:00




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


(574) 216-9130
Ron Back
507 State Street
Hammond, IN 46320
43 Downing Square, Pakenham, VIC, 3810 Australia




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Ron and Laura Back Prayer Letter: Going Soul Winning with National Pastors

Ron and Laura Back Prayer Letter: Going Soul Winning with National PastorsGod is so good! I am happy to report that the Prison Ministry training and the first police check are all good. Now we are currently waiting for the Fulham Correctional Center in Sale, Victoria, to finish their side of another police check and for the induction classes to commence. Please continue to pray. I would love to be in the prison in the next few months. This is the most progress we have made in many years of trying to get into the prisons here, and I am so excited.

Regarding Marty, right after we sent out our last letter, we were so thrilled to see the Lord bring Marty to church! I am a little perplexed, however, because she said she loved the service, but we have not been able to get her back. The wonderful thing is that she made a strong connection with a senior-saint couple in the church. Please pray for the Lord to continue to work in her heart.

I have been trying to go out soul winning with national pastors and other missionaries more often. Recently, I was able to go out with an Australian pastor by the name of Peter Popovich, who has a work in Bairnsdale, two hours from us. Their church is running about 35. He was excited that I came down, and we went out for three hours. While out, we met an Islander (Tori Straight Islands) lady named Dawn. She told us that she went to church all the way over in Hallam, Victoria, which is near where Missionary Rijn Abrell has a work. I looked at her in shock, because it is more than a four-hour drive from where she lives. She admitted that they didn’t go very often but watched on livestream. I asked her if she had assurance of where she would spent eternity, and she could not answer. As I shared with her the need for a Saviour to save us from our sins, she started getting very emotional—I believe the Holy Spirit was working on her—and then she asked us to leave. Please pray for Dawn’s salvation. We also met a fellow named Rob, and I just want to praise the Lord that Rob trusted the Lord as his Saviour eighteen months ago. We visited with him for over a half-hour, and he is a good prospect for baptism and church membership for Bro. Popovich.

Please continue to pray for us a vehicle. We have had several churches contribute, and we are at about $6,000. Please also pray for souls to be saved and baptized. Thank you for your prayers and support.


Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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