Baraka and Melanie Hall Family 2017-11-02T11:20:28+00:00

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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
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


5811 Hoffmans Lane
Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041


Information Packet


849 Indiana Street,
Hammond, IN 46320




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 #6117.



Baraka Hall Prayer Letter: We Serve an AMAZING God!

Baraka Hall Prayer Letter: We Serve an AMAZING God!January 31 marked a year since we moved to Ghana, and it’s been an incredible year. I want to take a minute to brag on God. He has done some amazing things. With each person, with each story, we have seen the hand of God working to accomplish His will. We are just grateful He allows us to be a part. In 2017, we were blessed to see 43 Deaf people put their faith in Christ alone for salvation. Our high day was of 33 Deaf people in attendance, and at the end of 2017, we were averaging 25 per Sunday.

I would like to introduce you to Blessing Antwi. She is 12 years old and came to us with ZERO language. She did not even know her name. We wanted to get her in school quickly; unfortunately, the school would not allow her to enroll until the following school year in September. My wife was burdened because she could not tell Blessing about Jesus if she had no language. The day after our visit to the Deaf school, my wife and Miss Janet, the Deaf woman my wife has been discipling, began teaching Blessing in our home. She comes to us four days a week. In less than two months, Blessing has acquired so much language, and we look forward to the day she is capable of understanding the Gospel. We are praying much for God’s will and wisdom in this direction.

God has allowed us to share the Gospel with so many Deaf these last two months. It’s amazing how He prepares people on the way. We had three of our high school students come visiting because they are burdened for their Deaf friends who have yet to receive a clear and accurate presentation of the Gospel. It’s even more amazing to see God bring the right people to the right places. For instance, one Saturday I was visiting with my son. I had recently visited that place, and I thought I would go to do a follow-up. God had other plans. That day I was able to share the Gospel with 4 Deaf men, whom I had never met. One man came in late, but he understood my signs perfectly and began interpreting for the others. All 4 placed their faith in Christ also for salvation. Our God is AWESOME!

We also began baptizing in the month of February. I have purposely taken time to really teach them about baptism and to uproot some false teaching in this area. Praise the Lord! Three have been baptized thus far (our son was one of them), and more are to come!

Thank you for your continued prayers. We need them! We are so thankful to be a part of His work and will here in Ghana! We serve an AMAZING God!

Your co-laborers for Christ,

The Hall Family

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