Ron and Laura Back2020-03-26T09:35:26-05:00

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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

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(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.


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Ron Back Prayer Letter: A Divine Appointment

Ron Back Prayer Letter: A Divine AppointmentGod is so good! We want to wish everybody a Happy New Year! We hope your year is going well. Our year is starting to ramp up quickly. We are excited to announce that on March 24, we get to swear in and become Australian citizens; then we will have our dual citizenship. If you would, please continue to pray for our safety so nothing hinders us from taking part in the Citizenship Ceremony. We are hoping to come back to the States on June 2 for four months of furlough. This will make it over six years since we have been back. Please pray, as we are wanting to report to as many of our supporting churches as possible. If you have any openings from June to October, please email us at with dates.

It’s amazing where you find people to witness to. I always try to look for an opening; for instance, in February, my son and I got to go into the city because I needed my phone fixed. The repairman made me wait for almost four hours and then realized he wasn’t going to be able to fix it that day. However, on the bright side of things, my son and I got to see a lot of the markets and had a nice time together in the city. When we started home, we were forced to take buses because the trains were not running. We were in line to get on the first bus when one of the employees forced us to stop and board the second bus. When we got on, I suggested we sit behind the driver. As we sat there, we had a wonderful talk with him for 45 minutes. We asked him if he had been born again, and his reply was “Yes.” He told us, though, that he was not in a church. I handed him a tract, thinking he would never come to church with us, but he replied that he lived in Thorpdale, a little town where Laura and I knocked doors just two years ago, which is very close to Warragul. I praise the Lord, because Ben and his wife and four of his children have been regularly attending Calvary.

We are praising the Lord that all the fires are finally out in Victoria and Queensland. Thank you for your prayers. I believe that the folks in America were praying for us, and the Christians here helped keep us all safe from the fires.

In February, we were able to go up to Brisbane (1,242 miles/2000km) in order to encourage a national pastor and his family while they are struggling to get their church grounded. While we were there, we also took a paper folder and stapling machine that the Lord allowed Brother Blanchard and me to purchase for $100 three years ago. This is going to a missionary in East Timor. While I was in the area, I was able to preach on a Wednesday night and encourage the folks to continue their commitments for Faith Promise. The church I preached in had promised to give $39,000 to missions this year.

Please pray for a man named Rodger, whom we recently letter-boxed; he has been attending church for the last two weeks. Please also pray for more souls and baptisms for Christ.


Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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