We 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