We 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