Ron and Laura Back2018-04-25T09:20:52-05:00

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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

We are blessed to be sent out of Open Bible Baptist Church of Warsaw, Indiana. Pastor Sam Carns. We have a wonderful working relationship of over 17 years with Pastor Carns and are excited to represent him in our mission field
Information Packet


(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.



Ron Back Prayer Letter: God Is So Good!

Ron Back Prayer Letter:  God Is So Good!God is so good! After our last prayer letter, the year sped up quickly. I was ill for four weeks, and the doctor still has no idea what I had. However, the antibiotics got the job done, and all we could do was push on and praise the Lord. We were able to attend the National Baptist Fellowship (NBF), which was hosted by Missionary Chris Eckles. It was a wonderful time to see a lot of the national pastors and fellow Baptists to remind us that we’re not all alone. We got to take a lot of our church members to multiple services, and they were all surprised to see that it’s not “just us.” It reminded me of when I first went to Pastors’ School in Hammond, Indiana, with my home church in Warsaw. The preaching was superb and truly encouraging. It was preached by Dr. Randy Starr, one of Bro. Eckles’ dear friends.

We also attended an Aussie wedding. A son of a national pastor, whom we are trying to encourage and help, had a beautiful, Christ-honoring, three-hour wedding. It was good to see the difference between what we would consider a traditional wedding and what the Aussies have.

In about 12 months, we will be coming back to America for our first furlough. It’s hard to believe that we have been here for five years now, and we are truly looking forward to seeing our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson. Please pray for me; around July or so, we are hoping to start scheduling meetings with many of you.

Our church had its third year of Christmas caroling at the local aged-care facilities. We were very well received and had a great group go out this year. We were able to go to three different facilities. We had one change their regulations and require police checks on everyone coming to carol. I explained to them that we can’t require each of our people to pay up to $80 for a police check for a one-time singing event. Please pray that the other facilities in the area do not adopt the same regulations, or we will no longer be able to go and be a blessing to the saved folks and give the Gospel to everyone. This year we were able to preach the Gospel to about 300 residents and staff. Again this year, I had a retired pastor, who was confined to the home, and many senior ladies thank me for giving the Gospel to their friends and loved ones.

Thank you so much for the Christmas gifts many of you sent to us. I know Christmas is a very difficult time financially, and we appreciate every one of you who sent us a Christmas card; it truly brightens our year to see how many of you care so much for our family. Please continue to pray for our ministries to grow; we are hoping to start a Jail Ministry this year. Pray for hearts to soften towards the Gospel and for the folks in our church to grow spiritually and also join the church.


Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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