Baraka and Melanie Hall2021-01-04T09:52:39-06:00

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BARAKA HALL FAMILY

SERVING IN GHANA

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Baraka Birthday 10/18
Melanie Birthday 09/12
Baraka 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

5811 Hoffmans Ln, Bailey’s Crossroads, VA 22041

(703) 845-0017

http://www.ourcrossroads.org

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Hammond, IN 46320
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baraka.hall@fbmi.org

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Baraka Hall Prayer Letter: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Baraka Hall Prayer Letter: Teamwork Makes the Dream WorkWe thank God for the faithful giving of God’s people and those churches that gave extra love offerings during this pandemic. In October, we were able to host three outreach events, sharing the Gospel and giving out provisions. These three locations were probably the most challenging, as the majority of the Deaf had never been to school. The Deaf do have a language already, but it is limited to their daily experiences, which does not include the Word of God. They most definitely understand the concept of God, church, sin, Heaven, and Hell, but not much more.

The first two events were hosted on the same day in two different locations. At each site, our team split the people into groups according to what language they used. Jonathan and Ali shared the Gospel with the Deaf who had been to school and shared their sign language. Kelvin and my wife led the way with those who use what they call a “broken language.” Kelvin has spent much time in the village and communicates well with them, and Melanie has had many years of experience working with Deaf who do not have a formal language. (The Ghanaian Deaf say she is a natural at it.) Amos and I witnessed to the latecomers, and DaCoster Asubonteng, a staff member at Fundamental Baptist Church International whose brother is Deaf, witnessed to the hearing family members. Our children helped with holding the pictures for each group and passing out the provisions. Praise God, we had 57 Deaf receive the message of the Gospel and provisions.

At the next event, we partnered with Missionary Joshua Brown and his family to reach the Deaf in the villages surrounding Lake Bosomtwe. With Bro. Brown’s help, we were able to organize the transportation of the Deaf to a central meeting place. They, too, brought provisions. Pastor Collins, a pastor sent out by FBCI, also brought his Deaf members. Pastor Collins was then able to witness to the hearing family members. Bro. DaCoster was able to lead our tro-tro driver to Christ. It was a phenomenal day, with over 106 Deaf receiving the Gospel and provisions.

“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (II Corinthians 12:9) The last week of October, my family was bit by a flu bug. This bug knocked my children and me down hard. Praise God, Melanie did not catch it and was able to care for us. I want to thank all of you who prayed for our family. November 1 was the last Sunday of our eight-week visitor program, and I was literally in bed the whole week prior unable to do anything but pray . . . BUT GOD. He used the men and women of our church to reach our highest attendance yet. We had a total attendance of 106, 99 of whom were Deaf. We had 23 visitors to conclude our program, with a total of 78 visitors for the entire program. The extra blessing was that 7 visitors trusted Christ as their Saviour that day! LIFT UP A SHOUT, AND PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!

Thank you for your prayers and faithful support. We were able to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, thanking God for what He’s done here. As we stated in our video update in September, please pray for us as we continue to look for a building for our church. We want His wisdom and direction in this matter.

Your co-laborers for Christ,

Rocky, Melanie, Lil’ Rocky, Malachi, Tyler, and Marissa Hall

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