Baraka and Melanie Hall2018-06-18T11:35:27-05:00

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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: EnJOYing Serving the Lord

Baraka Hall Prayer Letter:  EnJOYing Serving the LordWhat a JOY it’s been seeing the Lord work these past two months! In March, we finished our first eight-week program, Faith and Faithful. Because of the works-based salvation indoctrination here, our intention for these eight weeks was to intensely drive home the truth, through various portions of Scripture, that their good works had no part in their salvation. At the same time, we emphasized the importance of being faithful to God through the local church. This program resulted in several visitors, salvations, baptisms, and a more faithful Sunday school attendance. What a JOY it has been watching the Deaf faithfully take part in our Bible Reading Program during this time. Where Bible reading was extremely overwhelming before, they are now actively participating and having satisfaction in truly learning the Scriptures. Our plan is to continue with these Bible readers for the remainder of the year.

On Easter Sunday, we enJOYed celebrating the Resurrection of our Saviour with a full house for our Sunrise Service, with 38 Deaf, and a packed-to-the-brim house for our regular service, with 51 Deaf. It was a JOY to see returning students and some new faces from the Deaf school home on break.

The Tuesday after Easter, we had fun-filled day as we packed a tro-tro (minibus) and headed for the village for our bi-weekly meeting with Missionary Josh Brown. DaCoster and Alice Asubonteng from Fundamental Baptist Church International joined us. My wife’s Deaf student Elijah is Bro. DaCoster’s youngest brother. Bro. DaCoster wanted to see our village ministry with the Deaf, and Alice was assisting in the first S.M.I.T.E. (Student Missions Institute for Training in Evangelism) Bible Club conducted in that village. S.M.I.T.E. is a ministry of Missionary Mark Holmes in Nigeria that has been taught and implemented here in Ghana. Praise the Lord! All the teamwork (four different missionary ministries) resulted in 38 children trusting Christ as their Saviour. The trip home was quite the adventure, as the tro-tro was not able to return to the village. All 22 of us packed into Bro. Brown’s 7-passenger SUV, which no longer had the use of the 4×4 option. After about 20 minutes of driving, we slid out due to the wet dirt roads and were not able to get up the hill to the nearest taxi/tro-tro station. We eventually got back to the Browns’ house about 5 hours later. It was not an easy trip, but it definitely wasn’t without fun. God’s business is the greatest business on earth. What a JOY and privilege we have to serve our Saviour.

Thank you for your continued prayers. As always, please keep praying for the health of our family. We also want to ask your prayers concerning our vehicle. It needs to be repaired before we can use it on the village roads. While it isn’t a major fix in America, it is in Ghana. Please help us pray for a capable mechanic and decent parts.

Your co-laborers for Christ,

The Hall Family

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