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

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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.

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21 EMS B61B Lane, Warsaw, IN 46582

obbcwarsaw.com

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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: Please Pray for Australia!

Ron Back Prayer Letter: Please Pray for Australia!God is so good! According to the Washington Post, September 15, we live in the most restricted state in the world, and they call our premiere (state governor) a dictator. We have had 137 cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, 0 cases in the area we are in, but we are all locked down because of metro-Melbourne. Daniel Andrews has reported that we will not be free to move around, without our allowed 4 reasons, until there are less than 5 cases in a 14-day period. They want to start mandatory, door-to-door virus testing. Please pray for us, as there is no country in the world dealing with the restrictions that we are. Our spirits are being vexed because we just want to share the Gospel with people, but people are absolutely terrified of COVID-19 and basic human contact and conversation.

We have started meeting in small groups, house to house, for church on Sundays, with everyone logged into the sermon at the same time. This is stretching the laws as far as we possibly can. Please pray that we don’t get any fines or jail time over this act of worship. Sadly, bars/pubs are allowed 20 people, but churches are only allowed 5 people and outside only, as we are deemed not as essential as alcohol.

The conditions we are living in right now remind me of 1995 when I was in the Marine Corps on a ship, the USS Essex, on our way to Somalia. They played the movie Groundhog Day, which is about a man’s life looping over and over, on the ship for 180 days straight as a joke. Laura and I are feeling like every day is the same. Our friends are even telling us they are losing days and even forget to watch church. We have been praying more and reading our Bibles more. I am about to finish my Bible for the third time this year. I do praise God for the time spent in Scripture, and I have received several blessings from just meditating on God’s Word. I do pray that many of you, if you have extra time, would please spend it in God’s Word and prayer. I got to preach for Russel Blanchard, via YouTube, while he went in for a surgery; please pray for his recovery. I also got to preach on Facebook for Johnny DaToy, a brother in the city.

Please pray for me; I am going in for a hernia surgery on November 10. It looks like I will be down recovering for about six weeks. I have to have a COVID-19 test and quarantine for a week before the surgery; this seems to be the new normal. Please also pray for witnessing opportunities and for God to open the hearts of the lost to receive the Gospel. Please pray for the saints here, as the Devil tries to make many despair. Laura and I love you brethren. We are praying for you and for the churches in America to remain strong and continue in the faith; please pray for us to do the same.

Sincerely,

Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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