Ron and Laura Back2021-02-25T11:02:45-06:00




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

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




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Ron and Laura Back Prayer Letter: Furlough Off to a Great Start!

Ron and Laura Back Prayer Letter: Furlough Off to a Great Start!God is so good! Our furlough is off to a good start. We landed August 3, and it is amazing how many things we forgot about over the years. Our pastor took Laura and me to Walmart straightaway, and we were both awestruck about how big it was and how many different products there were! We have become accustomed to having only a few choices for a lot of products. We were truly amazed at what is still available here in the States.

Our first quest was to find a car; and, praise the Lord, we were able to purchase a 2013 Ford Escape at a very reasonable price. The car only has a few minor issues and has been a great furlough vehicle. Our first week back, we were able to get our prayer cards picked up and begin calling churches. It has been such a blessing to speak with so many of you, and calling is going well. I hope to schedule many more of our supporting churches before we head back on December 5. We were in 11 meetings in August, one being a week long. God allowed us to see three people get saved and one get baptized in that time.

We were in Texas and Louisiana for most of August. We were so blessed to meet a young man at a camp meeting who loves everything Australian. His name is Tanner, and he is about 10. He was constantly trying to talk with me and engrossed in everything on our display table, especially our Where’s Wally? book. The kids were asking, “Isn’t it Where’s Waldo?” But it’s the Aussie version. Laura and I tried to encourage Tanner for the whole week, just loving on him and telling him how good God is and that one day he could become a missionary—even to Australia. Praise the Lord, Tanner received the Lord at the camp meeting, and it did Laura and me so much good to see a young man not only submit to the Lord but to have a hunger for the things of God.

Please continue to pray for us, especially for traveling mercies, for the vehicle, for us to be able to sell the vehicle easily when we are finished with it, for us to win people to Christ, and for us to be a blessing to the churches as we report. Please pray for the people of Australia, especially Mark and Donna and their family. We have spent about six years discipling and helping them to grow in the Lord, and they are now out of church.


Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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