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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: Hope for the Hopeless

Baraka Hall Prayer Letter: Hope for the HopelessGreetings from Ghana! We thank God for another group of Deaf souls who placed their faith in Christ alone for salvation these past two months. There are a couple testimonies that I want to share with you for this update.

We have had a good group of about five young men attending while they’ve been home on vacation from school. The Deaf schools here are residential. They go to school for about two to three months, and then they get a break of several weeks. I am still trying to learn their schedule. Praise the Lord! I was able to share the Gospel with all of them prior to their return to school, and all five put their faith in Jesus. I am excited about these young men who have a strong desire to grow spiritually and serve the Lord. When they are home, they are faithful to attend every service. Please pray, as they will be returning soon. I would like to schedule discipleship time with all of them.

My wife and I have been learning more and more Ghanaian sign language. However, sometimes it is difficult to communicate with those who have had little-to-no schooling. Their language is raw, for lack of a better word. We thank God for our faithful Deaf individuals who are willing to act as interpreters for us when sharing the Gospel.

One of those needs for an interpreter was with Yaa. My wife scheduled an appointment with her and Akwasi to come to our home. Akwasi has been such a huge help with communication. Yaa came believing if she could just be good enough, she would obtain Heaven, as if it is a reward for the righteous. As we were “tag teaming” sharing the truth from the Bible, we came to the penalty for sin. She understood the penalty for sin was Hell but insisted she could go to Heaven if she repented and did enough good. After showing her that her righteousness was “as filthy rags” and her righteousness would not take care of her sin dilemma, she lowered her head, and the tears began to well up in her eyes. We looked into her eyes and saw the look of utter hopelessness. “I have to accept it. I’ve been rejected, neglected, and suffering all of my life; and now it’s going to be for an eternity.” Thank God the story doesn’t end there! When she realized she was lost, we were able to share with her the gift for the guilty—Jesus Christ! Her face changed, and she said, “I want Jesus!” Her story is forever changed because she placed her faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation!!!

Thank you for your continued prayers for us. Please keep praying for the health of our family and for a vehicle. We know God will lead and provide in His timing; however, we are asking for wisdom.

Your co-laborers for Christ,

The Hall Family

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