“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) In July, our church experienced a scare. One of our members, Abubakari Rashid, was sent to the hospital near death. He was away at the Deaf Residential School when he became violently ill with malaria. His fellow classmate rode with him on public transportation for six hours to assure his safe arrival. The classmate stayed with him in the hospital instead of returning to school. It was here in the hospital room that our staff man, Ali Rashid, who is also Abubakari’s older brother, shared the Gospel with this classmate. We are so very thankful that Abubakari was physically saved. We are thankful for his classmate’s soul being saved. We are also thankful for members of our church who are soul-conscious despite their own troubles.
The first week of August, we hosted our second Deaf Conference on the topic of marriage. We learned in July that our guest speakers were not able to come. This time was a bit crazy for us. We thank God for Bro. Richmond Acheampong from Fundamental Baptist Church International; he taught several sessions on how to honor God in a Ghanaian marriage. I taught 13 sessions total, and my wife taught the ladies in 7 split sessions. While we are grateful to have guest speakers when we can, we can’t help but thank God for how He used our church members in the preparations, the serving, the clean-up, and so many other ways, thus allowing my wife and me to prepare and teach. We had about 30 Deaf in attendance; several of whom were visitors. Afterward, we had many Deaf approach us, requesting another conference next year.
God has opened another door for my staff and me to preach. We began visiting a local vocational training center for the Deaf several months ago in the hope of sharing the Gospel with new Deaf. While they were open to preaching, we never had a warm reception until I was able to share the Gospel with one of the lead teachers. He believed in Christ, but he was placing his faith in his good works for salvation. After showing him from the Bible his need to put his faith in Christ alone, he got saved. He invited us to return each month to preach the Gospel to the Deaf.
I am pleased to report that every week for several months, we have had Deaf and hearing people getting saved. In our last prayer letter, I stated that we are emphasizing soul winning every Sunday afternoon in our split classes. My wife was overjoyed when Elizabeth, one of our newest converts, messaged my wife about sharing the Gospel with three of her students. All three, who previously believed that their good works would save them, have now trusted Christ as their personal Saviour.
Please pray for our family’s upcoming furlough, beginning the first week of October. Praise God, our roundtrip tickets have been purchased; and, thanks to Pastor Dean Noonan and Faith Baptist Church in Milwaukee, we have secured a vehicle. Our schedule is jam-packed. We will be in 38 different churches in the 15 weeks we will be Stateside. We appreciate your prayers for our safety and for problem-free traveling. Please keep our church members and staff in your prayers during our absence.
Your co-laborers for Christ,
Rocky, Melanie, Rocky II, Malachi, Tyler, and Marissa Hall