Ron & Laura Back2024-04-01T10:29:38-05:00




Ron Birthday 07/09
Laura Birthday 03/27
Ron & Laura Wedding Anniversary 08/07

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


(574) 216-9130
Ron Back
507 State Street
Hammond, IN 46320
51 Queen St. Moe, Vic, 3825 Australia




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Ron and Laura Back Prayer Letter Off to a Wonderful Start

Ron and Laura Back Prayer Letter  Off to a Wonderful StartGod is so good! This year is moving so quickly! I have been preaching quite a bit recently for Pastor Popovich and also in the church plant in Sale, Victoria. Laura and I were shocked that it is already the end of April/beginning of May.

The prison ministry, down in Sale, Victoria, has been going extremely well. I did have a strange incident happen there just recently though. I was trying to take in some chocolate Easter candy for the prisoners, and I thought I was obeying all the rules and regulations to take it in, but somehow, I forgot to tick a box or follow procedures properly, so the lollies were confiscated from me at the front gate. The prisoners were a little disappointed, but they probably didn’t believe I was actually going to bring them chocolate Easter eggs anyway. I was having fun with the guard who is in charge and asked if I was going to be flogged or hung for this offence. She leaned over and said, “That is so violent.” So I felt led to remind her that she worked in a prison and was surrounded by violence. She laughed, as if to say she’d forgotten. The very next week, I was able to get my chocolate contraband in for the fellows to enjoy—almost three weeks after Easter. Almost every week, we have different men come to the prayer meeting and Bible study. It breaks my heart that most of them are just a few years older than my oldest daughter Suzy. Please pray that we are able to win these men to Christ.

This year is off to a wonderful first half. We have seen seven baptized and several saved. Of the last group we saw baptized just last week, one of them was from Pastor Abrell’s church, a young lady who received Christ at Christmastime. Also, we had a senior saint from Sale get baptized, which was so wonderful, because she was formerly Catholic and is now so excited about serving the Lord. I praise the Lord that we have a building where we can baptize whenever the people want to follow the Lord.

I also had the privilege of breaking my right foot back in January. Praise the Lord, I did not need surgery to fix the bone, but I had to wear a “moon boot” (temporary cast) for almost eight weeks. The doctor originally said it should only take six weeks to heal; however, I’m 51 years old now, and my body is starting to go slower in the healing process (HA!HA!). I honestly believe we can’t praise the Lord enough. My foot is the first time in my life that I have broken a bone, and I am so grateful to the Lord for keeping me unbroken for so many years.

Please pray for Bro. Abrell’s journey on furlough, for more people to be saved and baptized, and for churches to continue in the Lord’s service.


Ron Back
Missionary in Australia

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