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

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RON BACK FAMILY

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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
(574)834-7473

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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: Soul Winning, Food Bank, Upcoming Revival

Ron and Laura Back Prayer Letter: Soul Winning, Food Bank, Upcoming RevivalGod is so good! Life is funny. Recently, I went out door knocking and soul winning, and it seemed like just a couple of days later, we had another lockdown. The Devil is kicking hard to muzzle our Gospel witness here in Australia. We hear that things in America are looking brighter as far as lack of COVID restrictions. We are hoping and praying that no matter what, next year we will be able to come home for our first furlough.

We received good news that Missionary Russel Blanchard is still recovering and doing well after his triple brain-aneurism surgery. The surgery itself was extended from 30 minutes to 5 hours; but, praise the Lord, it went well. He is back preaching and teaching— just a little slower.

We had a few breaks in the lockdowns, so we were able to have a couple of guest preachers come and preach. One of those was Bro. Harringson, a missionary to Mauritius, East Africa; and the other was Missionary Rijn Abrell. Brother Abrell was excited to see how the building is starting to come together and that the spirit of our folks is still doing well. Bro. Harringson has already raised all of his support here in Australia and is waiting for permission from the government of Mauritius to resume the work of another missionary who was there but passed away from cancer earlier this year. Please pray for the country to allow this sweet family in.

We have been very active in the food bank. We usually see about 20 – 30 people come through for whatever fruit and vegetables and bread the local supermarkets donate weekly. I recently was talking to an Australian man who had converted to Buddhism. His wife was from Asia, and I was trying to get him to acknowledge that Jesus Christ is God. He said he didn’t have a problem with Jesus. He said that Buddha was not a God like Jesus and refused to accept that he worshiped an idol. After talking with this man, I actually had to study up on Buddhism. To my surprise, Buddhism recognizes Hindu gods as deity as well, but do not recognize a supreme creator. How sad that there are scores and scores of people who don’t even know half the gods they serve. If they would just look to our Bible, praise the Lord, they would see the one true and pure God of Heaven and earth. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would work on this man. He comes to the food bank, and I see him around town. Pray that we can help him see the true light of the Gospel.

Please pray that we would be able to have a week of revival, for the first time in many years, in September. We are praying that the Lord continues to bless you. Please pray that the Lord continues to give us more salvations and baptisms as we look to His coming.

Sincerely,

Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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