Baraka and Melanie Hall2020-04-01T10:44:20-05:00

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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.

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5811 Hoffmans Ln, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041

(703) 845-0017

http://www.ourcrossroads.org

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Baraka Hall Prayer Letter: Augustine Kyei

Baraka Hall Prayer Letter: Augustine Kyei“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:1-4) In this prayer letter, I want to update you by highlighting what God is doing through the life of one of our church members, Augustine Kyei. Augustine, much like Paul, has a desire to see his people, the Deaf Ghanaians, be saved.

In January of 2018, Shabel, a church member, took me to visit one of his good friends, Augustine, in order to share the Gospel with him. Augustine had been involved in a hearing church most of his life and had never really gotten anything out of it other than the need for repentance for salvation. Augustine believed that if he was faithful to church, was baptized, and lived a good life, then he could obtain eternal life. I showed him from the Scriptures that he must put his faith in Christ alone for salvation. He understood clearly and put his faith in Christ.

At the time of his salvation, Augustine was still a student at the Deaf Residential Senior High School and was unable to attend services faithfully. However, each break from school, he came and oftentimes brought many of his friends. Ever since he understood salvation was not a reward for the righteous but a gift for the guilty, he has committed himself to bringing the truth to the Deaf in Ghana, who, much like himself once, have a zeal for God but not according to knowledge.

Augustine began discipleship with me after he completed senior high school. It is clear that God has His hand upon Augustine, and he has become an awe-inspiring witness for God. When we have had visitors, often he and my wife would go into the next room to share the Gospel with them. My wife is often left speechless at his dedication in making sure each person truly UNDERSTANDS the Gospel.
In August of 2019, we had our first Deaf Conference, along with Fundamental Baptist Church International’s Pastors’ and Workers’ Conference. It was this week that Augustine surrendered to do the will of God. He was a little discouraged a month later when his parents insisted he go to a university several hours away. However, God has used this as an opportunity to meet and witness to several of his Deaf classmates. I thoroughly enjoy receiving messages from Augustine letting me know that another Deaf person has received Christ as their Saviour.

I ask you to pray for Augustine Kyei. The Holy Spirit is working in his heart. Pray that God would continue to use him and that God would put a hedge of protection around him, shielding him from Satan’s attacks.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our family. The Lord willing, we will be back in the States in September for a three-month furlough. We look forward to seeing as many of our supporting churches as possible.

Your co-laborers for Christ,

The Hall Family

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