Baraka and Melanie Hall2021-11-16T11:29:16-06:00

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BARAKA HALL FAMILY

SERVING IN GHANA

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Baraka Birthday 10/18
Melanie Birthday 09/12
Baraka & 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
ourcrossroads.org
5811 Hoffmans Ln
Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041
(703)845-0017

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Baraka and Melanie Hall Prayer Letter: The Work and Workers

Baraka and Melanie Hall Prayer Letter: The Work and WorkersMepa wo kyεw! Or in other words, “I beg for your forgiveness.” Please allow me to apologize for this long overdue update. These past four months have been our busiest season to date, and that’s an incredible understatement. As we stated in our last prayer letter, we have secured a new location for our church, which has been and continues to be a whirlwind of work for us. What we didn’t mention yet is that we were preparing to move out of our apartment into a house. Yes, we are indeed crazy, as both locations have needed such a great deal of work, but we are really pleased with the outcomes.

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” (Psalm 122:1) In April, we began meeting at our new location on Sundays only because the room we had planned for Wednesday night services was not quite finished. Praise God, at the beginning of May, we fully moved into our property. This has been such an answer to prayer. We thank God for your faithful support and the faithfulness of our Deaf members’ giving toward our building. This month we are in the process of putting on the finishing touches, such as plastering and painting, securing the property, putting up signs, and building a permanent platform and a baptistery. We cannot wait to get the baptistery waters stirring again.

“For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” (I Corinthians 3:9) As we are thrilled to have a building, we are even more thrilled to have laborers in God’s house. We have now hired two men to work on staff. This is truly a crucial step for our ministry and one we didn’t want to rush into hastily. In Ghana, men and women literally work 10–12 hours a day, 6–7 days a week just to make a meager living. This makes it incredibly difficult to teach and train ministry workers, soul winners, preachers, and church planters. The men of our church have stepped up and have sincerely partnered with my family and me to accomplish God’s work by giving every spare minute they have to serve, learn, and grow. They often take time off of work, losing money for their families, to serve alongside of me. Please allow me to introduce our new staff members.

Bro. Ali Rashid is a man with a passion for souls. He comes from a Muslim family. Bro. Jason Maloney of First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana, was able to witness to him two years ago at our first Deaf Conference when he came as our speaker. He has since become a master soul winner, leading many to Christ. He has a servant’s heart and is very humble and teachable.

Bro. Jonathan Osei Poku came to us about the same time as Bro. Ali did. He comes from a Baptist heritage but, unfortunately, didn’t have the communication skills to understand the full truth about salvation. He has an incredible knowledge and thirst for the Word of God. He, too, has become a master soul winner and a fine preacher.

Please continue to pray for the completion of our church property. We also ask for your prayers that God will work in the heart of the landlord to sell us this property. He does give us a considerable discount as long as we do the work to beautify the property. The property is actually in a prime location for our church, being that it is centrally located in Kumasi and very near to our team.

We covet your prayers, as we are now preparing for our team’s annual Pastors’ and Workers’ Conference to be held August 10-13. The theme is “Building Stronger Marriages.” If you remember prior to the pandemic, we conducted our first Deaf Conference to coincide with our team’s conference. Our Deaf members genuinely profited and enjoyed it very much. We are planning to have it again, focusing on marriage, as it is truly needed among the Deaf here. Unfortunately, it is all too common for Deaf people here not to even know the true definition of marriage because of the lack of communication, much less what it takes to have a God-honoring, successful marriage. So again, please pray! We have invited the Deaf Pastor at First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, Bro. John Cooper, and his wife Jane to come and teach. We are looking forward to what the Lord will do!

Our school ministry has expanded. Now that we have Bro. Ali and Bro. Jonathan on staff, I am thankful to report that we have a school ministry to the residential school for the Deaf in Obuasi (about two hours from us) every Friday instead of once a month. Madam Genevieve, the headmistress, is thrilled to have us. The men are preparing and teaching each week. We may not be able to have Junior Church on our church property, but we do bring Junior Church to 40-plus Deaf children and school staff each week. Please keep Madam Genevieve and her school in your prayers. This school is a real blessing to our ministry, and we pray that we can be a blessing to theirs as well.

We are so thankful for your prayers and faithful support. Please continue to pray for our health, both physical and mental, as we continue to press on. We need our strength from God day to day.

Your co-laborers for Christ,

Rocky, Melanie, Rocky II, Malachi, Tyler, and Marissa

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