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

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BARAKA HALL FAMILY

SERVING IN GHANA

ABOUT

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: Highest Attendance Ever

Baraka Hall Prayer Letter:  Highest Attendance EverWe just finished up our second year here in Ghana and are amazed at what the Lord is doing. We were absolutely blown away at the end of 2018 when we had our highest day, with 51 Deaf in our services. January was just as good, if not better. Typically, when our students return to their residential schools, our numbers will dip low. God gave us an increase of about 10 more faithful adults in our Sunday services.

If you’ll remember, in November, we began a Village Outreach Ministry, partnering with GEMS and Missionary Joshua Brown. We are now holding bi-weekly services. This is not a ministry in which we anticipate quick results. This is the first time these dear people are seeing the name of Jesus—let that sink in. Please pray for an extra measure of understanding for them and wisdom for us as we teach them about our great Saviour. There is a lot of work to be done, but I am excited to report that four of our Deaf men from our church have been accompanying me. These men are soul winners and are excited for the opportunity to serve God. I truly enjoy watching God use and shape these men for His glory!

Several months ago, I was taken back by a church member’s comment while discussing the differences in Deaf churches in the area. While she was careful not to criticize another church, she did say our church was extremely different. She said that in the other churches, the preaching never included the Bible. I don’t say this to toot my horn but to express how troubling this was to me. In February, we began a Bible-reading program for our Deaf. God blessed our church, through my wife’s friend and former coworker, with a box full of A Beka Primary Bible Readers. Each Sunday we discuss vocabulary words, proper signs, and read together a portion of Scripture. They read that same portion, or find a friend willing to read it to them, all week. On Sunday, they return eagerly to answer questions and quote their memory verse. God’s Word is powerful, and we are extremely thankful for this resource as we attempt to get as much of God’s Word into their daily lives.

Thank you for your prayers and support. We ask you to continue praying for God’s guidance and wisdom with new outreach ministries, discipleship, and our long-term goal of starting a school.

Your co-laborers for Christ,

The Hall Family

 

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