Baraka and Melanie Hall2019-10-14T15:14:19-05:00

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BARAKA HALL FAMILY

SERVING IN GHANA

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Baraka Birthday 10/18
Melanie Birthday 09/12
Baraka and Melanie Wedding Anniversary 07/22
Baraka, Jr. Birthday 12/17
Malachi Birthday 08/25
Tyler Birthday 06/30
Marissa Birthday 01/10

Baraka Hall
I was born hearing in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 3½, I contracted spinal meningitis and from that
became Deaf. I lost all communication with my family and felt very isolated. As a result, my behavior,
as you can imagine, was horrible. At the age of 11, my friend was talking about church. I wanted to go
to this Deaf church to be with my friends. So I gave him my address, which he then gave to his bus
captain. That Sunday I was on my way to the First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana. After
misbehaving on the bus ride home, a lady worker called me to the front of the bus and shared the Gospel
with me. I remember that day receiving hope as I accepted Christ as my Saviour.
During camp at the age of 12, I felt God was calling me to preach. I surrendered to His will and went
forward. It wasn’t until high school that I really struggled with this decision. You see, I played football
all four years. I was an all-star captain at a 6A school. I had many college scholarship offers. The
University of Florida, the Gators, came to my school to recruit me. I really wrestled with this decision.
A godly man came to me and offered his advice. He said if I went to play for the Gators, I might end up
messing up my life; who knows? He continued by saying that if I went to Bible college, I could serve God.
That struck me—serving God! I put aside all my scholarships and decided to go to Hyles-Anderson
College.
It was my second year at college, during a Missions-Emphasis Week, that God began tugging on my heart
to be a missionary. I really didn’t want to leave the comforts that I had here in America. However, I told
God I would go. I knew God wanted me to go to Africa, but it wasn’t until we had our annual Pastors’
School when the Ghana Team was launched that God revealed it to me. He struck my heart and said,
“That’s where I want you to go.”
On my survey trip to Ghana, He confirmed that calling. I traveled with a veteran international missionary
to the Deaf. He told me to pray that God would show us some Deaf, because not always do you get to
meet them while traveling. On my two-week survey trip, I met over 700 Deaf people. I met Deaf people
every day. God showed me His ministry for me.

Melanie Hall
I started attending church at the age of four as a bus kid. I recall hearing the Gospel multiple times in
Sunday school, Junior Church, and Vacation Bible School. Each time it was presented, I raised my hand
and prayed to make sure I had a home in Heaven. Finally, in third grade my Sunday school teacher at
Community Baptist Church of Andalusia, Illinois, made it clear to me that I could never be good enough
to earn salvation and I could never do anything to lose it. I understood that gift was Jesus, and He alone
had the power to save me. That day I put my faith in Him, and it has been settled in my heart ever since.
I grew up in a very dysfunctional family. My parents are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and were, at that
time, very heavy drug addicts. My sisters and I were left to our own doings and were never disciplined.
We were our teachers’ worst nightmares. Oftentimes, after sharing my testimony, people have accused
me of being the poster child for “Jesus saves.” However, it was different at church. It was a place of
refuge. I remember going to church to feel loved and accepted.
I thank God for a youth pastor and his family who invested in me. I started going soul winning at the age
of 13. My youth pastor and his family would invite me to their home every weekend so that I would be
able to work on the bus route with them. They took time to disciple me and show me what a Christian
family looked like. They would bring me into their home to eat and fellowship with the missionary family
they were hosting. It was at our missions conference that I surrendered to be a missionary. I laugh now,
because I told God, “Anywhere but Africa!”
In high school I had a strong desire to attend our Christian school. However, because of my parents’
addictions, they could not afford food, much less a Christian education. At the age of 15, I moved in with
my aunt and got a job cleaning empty apartments and the complexes to pay for school. I am so thankful
that God gave me this opportunity. I know, without a doubt, that had I not made this change, I would
have never attended Hyles-Anderson College.

Our desire is to work with Fundamental Baptist Church International in Ghana, West Africa, to plant a
Deaf church. We want to see Deaf people saved and train them to become soul winners. In addition,
we have a strong burden to reach their hearing families for Christ. This will be most effective through
the ministries of our Ghana Team. Our vision is to train the Deaf and either send them to plant a Deaf
church or to work with regional pastors and establish Deaf Ministries to coincide with ministries of the
regional pastors.

Crossroads Baptist Church

http://www.ourcrossroads.org

 

5811 Hoffmans Lane
Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041

 

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849 Indiana Street,
Hammond, IN 46320
halls2ghana.com

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Baraka Hall Prayer Letter: The Reason for the Season

Baraka Hall Prayer Letter:  The Reason for the SeasonHappy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! The Lord has certainly been the reason for the season here. We are thankful for His continuous hand of blessing, protection, and guidance here. We see what HE is doing in the hearts and lives of the people here and know that He truly is Immanuel, God with us. We look forward to the new year and anticipate even more opportunities to give hope to the Deaf here in Ghana!

We were blessed to see more Deaf being added to the church by stepping forward in believer’s baptism. Many had hesitations because of the strong indoctrination that if you don’t live a life of repentance (sinlessness), you should not be baptized. Thank God for the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, which help them see that they were simply obeying and NOT identifying with the works of righteousness which we have done, but with the finished work of Christ on the Cross.

Every week we work on a portion of Scripture to memorize as a church, along with our Bible-reading schedule. We began with very easy, basic verses. We were glad to see many of them work diligently through the week to accomplish this task. We then changed it to portions of Scripture. We were excited to see eight (six pictured) memorize Psalm 23. This was no easy feat for them. Many of them work ALL DAY LONG to provide for their families. A few of them are language-deprived, meaning they have a harder time understanding the words they are reading. We were pleasantly surprised at their determination to memorize the chapter.

Esther has been faithfully attending church for quite some time now. Emmanuel brought her as a visitor even though he is traveling often and is not as faithful. Esther became Deaf late in life and learned the few signs she does know from the Deaf community, especially Emmanuel. She spoke Twi before becoming Deaf, making it nearly impossible for my wife or me to witness to her. I scheduled a time when Emmanuel was in town to use him as my interpreter. It was an incredible thing to see; but, praise God, Esther stopped trusting her good works and put her faith in Christ alone for salvation!

Please continue to pray for God’s guidance, protection, and blessing for our family and the work here in Ghana. Reminder: Please contact me if you would like to schedule an update during our furlough for fall of 2020.

Your co-laborers for Christ,

The Hall Family

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