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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Hammond, IN 46320
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baraka.hall@fbmi.org

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Baraka and Melanie Hall Prayer Letter: By God’s Grace

Baraka and Melanie Hall Prayer Letter: By God's Grace“O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good; for His mercy endureth for ever.” (I Chronicles 16:34) “By God’s grace” and “We give thanks to God” are phrases we hear often here in Ghana, and sadly, they have become cliché. I try not to fall into this trap, as it is an expected response in many situations. It is my desire for my family and our church to truly reflect daily on the goodness of God. However, wrapping up this quarter, and it being at the end of November, it seems fitting to do just that.

By God’s grace, as stated before, we have expanded our team at Hope Fundamental Baptist Church for the Deaf. We have added two additional staff members and now have a staff of four men. This was done only by God’s grace. All four of these men had been faithful to every service and served voluntarily within the church. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach and train these men for God’s work on a daily basis. It’s by God’s grace that they are now preaching or teaching every week alongside me. They have a long way to go, but we praise God for the extra measure of spiritual understanding He gives them. Remember, English is not their first language, and it is with much difficulty that they strive to read and understand God’s Word. I sincerely beg you to pray for these men. I have posted a video update introducing these men on our website: https://www.fbmi.org/missionary/hall.

As we are closing up this year, we give thanks to God for our church building. As you recall, we began renting this property on January 1, 2021. After much building and many repairs, we moved in on Easter Sunday. We praise God for all the people who came alongside us to work on this project. It was a serious undertaking and could not be done alone. Our Team Ghana leader, Pastor Ted Speer, loaned us his staff men to build our facility. These men also helped us in finding skilled laborers to do repairs on the office building and to build our baptistry. Our Deaf members and staff have worked every week beautifying the property. By God’s grace, we have a fully functioning, beautiful church property. We ask your prayers for God to work on the landlord’s heart to sell this property to us. It is a prime location, easy to be found, centrally located, and a hop, skip, and jump away from our team’s church.

We thank God for the many, many souls who have put their faith in Christ this quarter. It has been an absolute joy watching God use our staff men and church members share the Gospel and bring visitors to church. For instance, Afua Asantewaa, one of our faithful ladies, shared with us that her husband worked with several other Deaf, and they had not heard the Gospel. I was able to take my staff men and Afua there and share the Gospel. Two men trusted Christ as their Saviour.

Finally, we give thanks to God always for you. Thank you for your continued prayers and support for our family. We wish you the happiest of holidays.

Your co-laborers for Christ,

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

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