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Berean Bible Church

Serving In The Carolinas
July 30, 2022
Community: Raleigh
Partner: Designed For Joy, With Love From Jesus
Staff: Johanna Broten

We Have Arrived!

by Johanna Broten | July 30, 2022 10:47 PM

We arrived in Raleigh, North Carolina today and we are all settled in. We are so excited to worship in the morning!

We Have Arrived!


by Johanna Broten | July 31, 2022 10:00 PM

It was a joy to worship at South Raleigh Bible Church this morning. It is a beautiful church and we were touched by Pastor David’s message from 1 Peter Chapter 5.


Covering the City in Prayer

by Johanna Broten | July 31, 2022 10:04 PM

This afternoon we did a prayer walk in downtown Raleigh, the community we are serving in this week. We prayed over many areas of this city and the ministry set before us this week. 
Covering the City in Prayer

Designed For Joy

by Johanna Broten | August 1, 2022 10:29 PM

Today we began serving at Designed For Joy! This organization provides women in crisis with stability through immediate employment and support and we had the opportunity to work in production with these women today. They taught us how to make keychains, journals, jewelry, leather purses, and more!

Designed For Joy

Breaking Bread

by Johanna Broten | August 1, 2022 10:33 PM

Another key aspect of Designed For Joy’s ministry is forming an intentional safe and loving community within their workplace. One way they foster this is by sharing meals together daily and this week we are cooking lunch for all of the staff. It was wonderful to share a meal together today and build new relationships with these women!
Breaking Bread

Story Time!

by Johanna Broten | August 1, 2022 10:45 PM

In the afternoon part of our group headed over to Ship Community Outreach which serves the underserved populations of downtown Raleigh. A few of their main focuses include food insecurity, poverty alleviation, crime prevention, life skills training, and human trafficking intervention.

Anisa was so kind to give us a tour of their facility and she shared her testimony with us of how she came to serve in this ministry. Pastor Chris also shared his testimony with us and told us more about the ministry. Their stories were so powerful and inspiring to hear!

Story Time!

A Full Day!

by Johanna Broten | August 2, 2022 11:00 PM

This morning we headed back to Designed For Joy to continue serving. While some of us continued working in production, another part of our crew wrote notes to women who are victims of human trafficking to take over to Ship Community Outreach.

A Full Day!

Lunch is Served!

by Johanna Broten | August 2, 2022 11:04 PM

Today we prepared another meal to share with the Designed For Joy community and we also had the opportunity to cook for the women across the street at the women’s center. Some of us went over there to serve food and it was a joy to get to know these women and listen to their stories!

Lunch is Served!

Step Up Ministries

by Johanna Broten | August 2, 2022 11:14 PM

This evening another part of our group headed over to Step Up, a ministry that trains people coming out of jail and various other circumstances to learn life skills alongside their families. We shared a meal together with the people there and witnessed what was being taught in the classrooms. The police and fire departments were also there for a community safety night for the children!

Step Up Ministries

Clothed With Love

by Johanna Broten | August 3, 2022 9:53 PM

This morning a few of us went over to the women’s center to fold and organize clothes in their clothing closet. We also helped carry cases of water in that were donated for the women.

Clothed With Love

Wrapping Up

by Johanna Broten | August 3, 2022 9:58 PM

Today we also wrapped up our ministry at Designed For Joy which was very bittersweet. We were blessed to cook and share another meal with this beautiful community and we continued work in the production center making tassels and bags.
Wrapping Up

We Are Family!

by Johanna Broten | August 3, 2022 10:02 PM

This is what it’s all about right here! The relationships built this week will live in our hearts forever. We will never forget these precious moments of partnering together as the body of Christ to serve and share His love!
We Are Family!

Reading at the Refugee Center

by Johanna Broten | August 3, 2022 10:07 PM

In the afternoon we went over to the refugee center to spend time with the children there. We read books together and helped them practice math and letters. These sweet kids touched our hearts!
Reading at the Refugee Center

Raleigh Rescue Mission

by Johanna Broten | August 4, 2022 9:23 PM

Today we served at Raleigh Rescue Mission, a ministry that is dedicated to serving those experiencing homelessness in the Raleigh area through the love of Christ. We organized their clothing closet and childrens closet of school supplies and materials.

Raleigh Rescue Mission

A Place At The Table

by Johanna Broten | August 4, 2022 9:34 PM

We had a wonderful lunch today at A Place At The Table. This ministry is a pay-what-you-can cafe where patrons from all walks of life can come share a meal together at the table. When you order food you get the choice to pay the suggested amount, pay what you are able to afford, work for your meal, or donate to fund their mission. Mark, a long term volunteer, shared with us about the heart of this ministry and we were so blessed to experience a taste of it!
A Place At The Table

Goodbye Raleigh!

by Johanna Broten | August 5, 2022 7:42 AM

We loaded up the vans and we’re on our way back to PA. We are grateful for all the relationships built this week and we are ready to go serve in our community back home!

Goodbye Raleigh!

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July 31, 2022 9:07 AM

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