Baraka and Melanie Hall2021-04-26T10:45:09-05:00

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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
5811 Hoffmans Ln
Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041

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Baraka Hall Prayer Letter: Abounding in the Work of the Lord

Baraka Hall Prayer Letter: Abounding in the Work of the Lord“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Corinthians 15:58) What a busy quarter this has been! PRAISE THE LORD!!! At the very end of December, we signed papers for a five-year lease on a rental property just a hop, skip, and jump away from our team at Fundamental Baptist Church International. This was a HUGE answer to prayer.

At our New Year’s Eve service, we announced we had the keys to the property. Without announcing any plans, our people were discussing a workday on the property. The very next day, we were surprised to have a large group of our church members show up to clean up the property. Since then, with the help of FBCI and our church members, we have built a pavilion in the yard for a larger, outside meeting place and have done some much-needed maintenance on the property. Last Sunday, we held our first service on the new property. It’s far from being done; however, the joy and enthusiasm from our Deaf members in having their own church building was a blessing to see. We are extremely thankful for your faithful support, as we were immediately able to purchase 100 chairs. Please pray that God will fill each and every chair as our church continues to go forth with the Gospel.

At the end of January, we hosted one last food giveaway in the city of Tema, about five to six hours from us, with Missionaries Fredrick and Antoinette Kearney. We were blessed to see their strong desire for reaching the Deaf in their community. With the help of our men, Jonathan and Ali, and Lighthouse Baptist Church, we were able to share the Gospel and provisions with about 140 Deaf people in Tema. The Kearneys also invited us to participate in their annual Missions Conference. During this week, we were able to visit the local Deaf school, where 12 put their faith in Christ. Bro. Kearney has been invited back to preach through an interpreter. Please pray for Lighthouse Baptist Church, as they have already started a sign language class and have had Deaf coming to visit their church.

If you recall back in October, we hosted a food giveaway about two hours away at a private Deaf school in Obuasi. We have kept in contact with Genevieve, the headmistress, who is also Deaf. It was during our campaign that Genevieve put her faith in Christ alone for salvation. Now that the schools are open, we have begun a monthly Bible study there. We praise God for the opportunity not only to preach in the school but also to give the leaders of the church another opportunity to minister to others. I love watching these men grow in grace.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Please pray for these new ministries and the completion of work at our church property. As far as furlough, we had hoped to reschedule this year. However, we truly feel like this would not be the wisest time to leave. We were sincerely looking forward to seeing everyone once again. Please pray for us, as we are aiming for furlough in 2022.

Your co-laborers for Christ,

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

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