Baraka and Melanie Hall2018-06-18T11:35:27+00:00

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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: Keep It Simple!

Baraka Hall Prayer Letter:  Keep It Simple!“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:19-20) I was teaching this particular verse to our young men, whom I have had the opportunity to disciple, when the Holy Spirit really convicted me as well.

While God has been blessing us with new visitors and having several salvations every week, baptism has been an obstacle here with the Deaf, mainly because of so much false doctrine that is taught, specifically about baptism. For instance, if a person has not totally repented of every known (to man) sin in his life, then he would not be worthy of baptism. Honestly, I felt like I was failing in this area of the Great Commission. I took a whole month earlier this year to teach on baptism. Since no one would budge, I thought they did not understand. In a conversation with our sending-church pastor, Kenny Baldwin, he encouraged me to keep it simple. So then in class, I illustrated two paths: the first path was that of obedience bringing us closer to God and receiving His blessings, and the second path was that of turning away from God in disobedience and forfeiting His blessings. Then I simply asked, “Do you want to obey God in baptism?” It’s amazing what God will do when we get out of the way. His Word taught them, and the Holy Ghost convicted them. To the glory of God, 16 Deaf, who previously put their faith in Christ, not only wanted to identify with Him, but also wanted to obey Him regardless of the ridicule and comments that followed. “. . . and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

With the school break came a lot of visitors. As you can imagine, Sundays have been extra busy. I thank God for the young men who have stepped up and taken on more responsibilities in the church. One Sunday, in particular, I knew I needed to witness to two men who are always working when I visit them. Kelvin and Amos, the young men I mentioned earlier who have been faithful to discipleship classes, stepped up and were able to share the Gospel with them. Praise God! Both of these men placed their faith in Christ alone for salvation.

In August, we had the privilege to host Dr. Siemer and Dr. Lapina from First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana, while they were here with Fundamental Baptist Church International for their Pastors’ and Workers’ Conference. Dr. Siemer is the field service director (he really does so much more) of our mission board, FBMI. Over dinner we had the opportunity to discuss our ministry and goals. He agreed with us that the greatest need of our Deaf here in Ghana, apart from salvation, is an education. We discussed both short- and long-term goals. He looked at us very frankly and said, “You need help.” He promised to pray that God would lead and direct the right people to come alongside us and face this enormous task. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” is not optional. We ask that you join us in prayer for God’s wisdom and guidance in this area and that He would send the right people.

God has been extremely good to us, and we know it’s a direct result of being lifted up in prayer by God’s people. Thank you—and please do not stop. Please pray for my wife, as she is still adjusting after her surgery. Also, please continue to pray for the health of our family, that the work be not hindered.

Your co-laborers for Christ,

The Hall Family

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