Baraka & Melanie Hall2023-10-06T10:10:42-05:00




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.

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Baraka and Melanie Hall Prayer Letter: Looking unto Jesus

Baraka and Melanie Hall Prayer Letter: Looking unto Jesus“. . . and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith . . . .” (Hebrews 12:1-2) Running and running and running seems to be the motto for our family and ministry in 2024. God has blessed us with great opportunities to serve the Deaf here in Kumasi with our school and church, plus opportunities outside of Kumasi. The absolute essential element is keeping our eyes on Jesus.

We thank God for our school, Hope Academy for the Deaf. We are still in the midst of securing all of the necessary certificates, and thanks be to God, there have been no hindrances. We had hoped that Hawa, pictured on the right, would become our newest student. When she learned of our school, she would often visit us. She comes from a Muslim family. Previously, she had only attended the government school for the Deaf for a year. Her language is very limited. Upon one of her visits, I asked Ali to share the Gospel with her, and now Jesus is her Saviour. Glory to God! Please pray that Hawa’s mother would allow her to enroll in our school and that nothing would hinder this.

We are praying that our school will be an “arm” of our ministry, reaching out to more Deaf souls here in Ghana. As mentioned in our last letter, we have been looking at several properties that could accommodate our needs. In February, our mission board director, Mark Bosje, along with Dr. Eddie Lapina and a couple other men, came with us to view some properties. We thank God for several churches who have already partnered with us in this incredible opportunity of giving our church plant a permanent property that would also allow us to expand our school. Please pray with us that we can raise our initial goal of $50,000. Should you want to have a part in this incredible opportunity, please send your donations to our FBMI account, #6117, and designate them as “Building Fund.”

In February and March, we had the privilege of hosting Bro. & Mrs. Phil (Anita) Kaatz from Faith Bible Baptist Church in Lapeer, Michigan. Bro. Phil works for Michigan State University Extension in their Agriculture Department. We were blessed that MSU funded the trip and sent the Kaatzes here to teach the Deaf specifically. They stayed for two weeks and educated the Deaf (and hearing) on either how to grow crops for a business or simply to help their families grow their own food. We also reached out to two Deaf schools, wanting to help them incorporate agriculture into their curriculum. This would give the Deaf more opportunities for future work. Please pray as we endeavor to grow this ministry.

Thank you for your prayers and support. Please pray for our school and church, as we will travel about five hours south to Cape Coast. I will be preaching at Spring Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Anafo and at Living Word Baptist Church with Missionary Miguel Triano. They are hosting special services for the Deaf. We will also be taking our students to walk above the canopy of the rain forest and visit a historic former slave castle. We covet your prayers.

Your co-laborers for Christ,

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

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