Beit Yeshua

April - June





For Israel


"On Your Walls"
Machol Dancers

Frank & Carol
 Father's Heart
Haifa, Israel

& the
of Moses

May 2010

to Zion
Vision For

"On Your Walls"
Machol Dancers
at HTZ






























































































































Isaiah 62
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night:
ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.


Psalm 122:6  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: may they prosper who love you. 



Pesach  2010


Pesach/Passover is the largest activity that Beit Yeshua plans during the year. 
We did the set-up for the 2010 Pesach Seder on Thursday, April 1, 2010.


Chuck constructed a frame for our Jerusalem mural


Low and high tables were set up



Checking the chart to be sure everything was in the "right" place


Name cards were used to ensure our space was used effectively


Curtis, Christi, Iline & Jane


The 2010 Pesach Seder set-up crew


Beit Yeshua celebrated their 9th annual Pesach Seder on Friday, April 2, 2010, in the Family Life Center of Covenant Bible Church.  Registration for the 2010 Seder was 212 with some guests driving over two hours to join us, while many other traveled at least an hour. 


Nine low tables were set up for those wanting a more authentic feel to the Seder


A closer view of the center low table and Jerusalem mural


A total of 31 tables


Carolyn prepared a Pesach time-line comparing Pesach in the Torah and
the Brit Hadashah (Old & New Covenants) - including the final days of Yeshua's life



Carolyn & Frances greeted guests and told them the table number where they'd be sitting


The meal was covered-dish style


Dancers chatted as the crowd continued to arrive
Celia, Janice, Myrl and Beverly


New friends from Cornerstone Church in Maiden, NC
(Left to Right) Jim & Sue, Eric & Judy


Steve & Timmy of Vision For Israel with Rabbi Yossi of Beit Shofarot


(Left) Timmy; (Right) Laurie & Cindy



Cathy and friends from Highway to Zion in Charlotte joined us for the first time


Bonnie, Crystal and Katie from South Carolina


Sharon, Stuart & Iline


We were thrilled to have such a large crowd of young people with us


Mark, Joe, John and Janet


(Left) Ben & Hawke with Mark & Andrew
(Right) Anna & Amanda with Mark, Joe and Sam


Pastor Eric invited the students in his Old Testament classes at the
Lincolnton Campus of Gaston College


(Left) Curtis with Roger & Beverly
(Right) Brack, Donna & Hannah with friends


Chuck, Jude, Gid & Christie


Shofars were sounded to open the celebration


Jude sounded the shofar ...


... as does Carrie  ...


... Paul  ...Bill


... Christi ... and Pastor Eric


Chuck, Beit Yeshua's own "Shofar Man", always has his shofar


Doug led everyone in a prayer for Israel


The Machol Dancers danced to the song "Watchman" by Paul Wilbur





Everyone was invited to join a time of praise, worship & Israeli Folk Dancing



The circle "winds-up" to the dance Zemer Atik and the song "He Shall Reigh" by Paul Wilbur
... a great way to form two circles for the large crowd of dancers


Men, women, teens and children danced to the song "Sacrifice Lamb" by Joel Chernoff




Some of the guests participated in other ways



The song "Lord God of Abraham" by Paul Wilbur


 Susan led the ladies as they lit the festival candles ...


... Janet lit candles at her table ...


 ... and the Seder began


The First Cup of Wine was poured


Parsley was dipped into salt water reminding us of the tears shed by the Children of Israel
while they were enslaved in Egypt


Sarah sang the "4 Questions" in Hebrew ...


... while Ali asked them in English


1. Why on this night do we eat only matzah?
2. Why on this night do we eat only bitter herbs?
3. Why on this night do we dip them twice?
4. Why on this night do we eat reclining?


 The container with the three pieces of matzah was lifted up and explained


 "See how it is pierced and stripped"
The middle piece was removed and broken - half of it "hidden away" until later


 Horseradish, and then Kharoset, were scoped onto a piece of matzah and eaten



The second and third cups of wine are poured and eventually drunk


We paused about 3/4 of the way through the Seder to enjoy our covered-dish meal





Angel, Sean, Bianca, Phillip and Wendy


 Hawke and John


Curtis, Steve, Chuck and Timmy


Linda, Wane, Duke, Jeff and Dale


 After dinner, the afikomen was found ...


... and the fourth cup of wine was drunk


Next Year in Jerusalem!


Thanks to Duke & Paul for the photos



Vision For Israel Conference  2010


The 2010 Vision For Israel & The Joseph Storehouse Conference in Fort Mill, SC was April 23rd & 24th, 2010, at the Heritage International Conference Center in Fort Mill, South Carolina. 

Barry Segal flew in from Jerusalem for the event with a weekend of praise & worship and wonderful teaching.  It was wonderful to see & hear Barry.  He always bring a fresh word from Israel and this year was no exception.


Vision for Israel

& the Joseph Storehouse


As the evening begins, candles are lit to welcome Shabbat


Barry says the blessings over the bread and wine


A wonderful meal of steak, potatoes, asparagus, salad & cheesecake was served





 After the meal, we moved into a time of praise and worship



Beit Yeshua folks as well as some old and new friends move out to dance





The Lion of Judah flag is added



Saturday Evening dance performance by the Resurrection Dancers






Thanks to Paul for the photos


An Evening Honoring Israel  2010

Beit Yeshua invited old and new friends to join them in celebrating Israel's 62 birthday at An Evening Honoring Israel on Friday, April 30, 2010, in the Family Life Center of Covenant Bible Church.

Why An Evening Honoring Israel?


Genesis 12:2-3
And I will make of thee (Israel) a great nation, and I will bless thee,
and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:
and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Psalm 122:6-8

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 
Peace be within thy walls and prosperity within thy palaces: 
For my bretheren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

Jeremiah 3:35-37

This is what the LORD says, “He who appoints the sun to shine by day,
who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar –
the LORD Almighty is His name: Only if these decrees vanish from my sight,”
declares the LORD, “will the descendants of Israel ever cease to be a nation before me.” 
This is what the LORD says: “Only if the heavens above can be measured
and the foundations of the earth below be searched out will I reject all the descendants of Israel
because of all they have done,” declares the LORD.


Numerous displays were prepared for the event


The "Adopt-A-City" for prayer display


The Hebrew Language display




The Holocaust display



The Seven Species of Food in Israel display



The Photo & Memorabilia of Israel & the History of Modern Israel displays



Old and new friends come to show their love and support for Israel








As the evening begins, shofarot are sounded


Shabbat Candles are lit


Blessings over the Bread & Wine


The Machol Dancers perform a military war dance in honor of the IDF
to the song "On Your Walls Oh Jerusalem" by Barry & Batya Segal


On Your Walls O Jerusalem
by Barry & Batya Segal

Al cho-mo-ta-yeech, Al cho-mo-ta-yeech,
Al cho-mo-ta-yeech, Hifkadeti shom’rim.

On your walls, O Jerusalem,
I have set watchmen, I have set watchmen.
On your walls, O Jerusalem,
Who shall never hold their peace.

Day or night, (day or night,)
Day or night, (day or night,)
I have set watchmen on your walls.

‘Til He establishes, and ‘til He makes
Jerusalem A praise in the earth.

You who make mention of the Lord,
Do not keep silent, Do not keep silent,
On Your walls, O Jerusalem,
You shall never hold your peace.











During a time of praise and worship, others join us as we dance before Ha'Shem



Doug shares what the scriptures have to say about Israel & the Jewish people
and of God's eternal love for them



Curtis shares about the history of modern Israel and God's promises concerning the land


Cathy shared about the ministry of Highway to Zion
and how the Lord led her to become a Christian Zionist




Steve tells everyone about the ministry opportunities of
Vision For Israel & The Joseph Storehouse ...



... and also about his future work with Love For His People


At the end of the evening,
Indira shares an encouraging prophetic word with the leadership of Beit Yeshua


Prophetic Word Given by Indira to Beit Yeshua
at the End of the Evening Honoring Israel on 30 Apr 2010

She saw oil poured over Beit Yeshua leadership's head and feet.
There were flames of fire around their feet.  Don't despair.

She saw auditoriums and stadiums, state to state and country to country.
Connections to the body of Christ and Jewish Roots.

She saw a belt buckle with four corners which are connectors.
Electricity going through the connections like lightning.  This is the Lord's voice.

Beit Yeshua connecting people to people.
Get our paperwork in order because it will happen quickly.
The body is hungry and we will have what she needs.
Give the word to everyone.

Curtis get ready to duplicate yourself and oversee.


Time for Oneg - food and fellowship


Chuck spends some time with an IDF buddy


Thanks to Paul & Steve for the photos


Frank & Carol LaPorta, Haifa, ISRAEL


Frank & Carol of Father's Heart Ministry visited Beit Yeshua on Friday, May 7th, 2010 and ministered in the Erev Shabbat meeting.



Frank and Carol married in 1999 and immediately knew they were going to be going to Israel.  They have been at Carmel Assembly for six years and ministering through "Father's Heart Ministry" there.  Carmel Assembly reaches out to the community in many ways and has a Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center.  One of Frank & Carol's areas of ministry is "Loaves & Fishes" where they take large hoagie-style sandwiches  to the needy.   According to them, there are Russian doctors and nurses cleaning streets because they can't find jobs.  They also have a friend, a Russian Jew, who was a lawyer but now makes homemade purses to earn a living.  Frank, a former drug addict himself, feels the Lord placed him in this particular ministry to reach out and love the drug addicts and crack-heads, who are also recipients of this particular area of their ministry. Carol makes the sandwiches and Frank ministers to drug users in crack houses in downtown Haifa.  Carol says, "This is what we do.  We show them somebody loves them and that God has not given up on them."




Another area of Frank & Carol's ministry is called, "Abba's Arms", where they go and minister to mentally handicapped children in Haifa.  The majority of these unwanted children are Arab, but there are also some Jewish children in the home where they minister, too.



The third area of ministry for them is working at the Ebenezer Home - a home for elderly Believers - some who are Holocaust Survivors.
Chuck, Paul and Wane sound shofarot to sound the beginning of Shabbat and our meeting


Shabbat candles are lit ...


... as blessings are said over bread and wine


A time of praise worship and dance



Rabbi Yossi from Beit Shofarot introduces Frank & Carol


Carol & Frank share about their ministry in Israel





Their product table was a blessing to all


To learn more about Father's Heart Ministry:


Please send Tax Deductable Gifts to:

Frank & Carol LaPorta
c/o F.I.R.E. International
P.O. Box 5306
Concord, NC 28027


Contact the LaPortas at:
Hamaapilim 7/1
Nesher 36610 ISRAEL
5 Crabapple Lane
Foley, AL 36535 USA




Frank & Carol's next visit to Beit Yeshua was November 9, 2012


Shavuot & The Tabernacle of Moses


Beit Yeshua gathered on Friday, May 17, 2010, to celebrate the Biblical Festival of Shavuot (Pentecost).  In the Original Covenant the laws of God were written on tables of stone.  In the New Covenant, God wrote His laws on the hearts of men.


As part of our Shavuot Celebration, a life-sized Tabernacle of the Lord (provided by Bonnie Ogden and Iline Morrison) was set up in the Family Life Center of Covenant Bible Church.  Several of us met with Bonnie, Iline and Doug the day before our meeting to set up the Tabernacle.


Iline & Bonnie set up the columns of the Tabernacle


Curtains are added to the front and sides of the Tabernacle



Placing the furniture in the Tabernacle - the Menorah and Incense Altar



The Laver and Brazen Altar



The veil that separates the Inner Court from the Holy of Holies


Barbara, Allie, Bonnie, Iline & Doug


Beit Yeshua met Friday, May 14, 2010 in the Family Life Center at Covenant


The Family Life Center was decorated for Shavuot



Doug, Paul, Chuck & Curtis finalize plans for the evening


Guests begin to arrive



Shofarot are sounded to begin the Shavuot Celebration


Chuck demonstrated that you can blow two shofarot simultaneously


Blessings are said over candles, bread and wine


Curtis leads everyone in the Sh'ma & Shehecheyanu


A time of praise, worship and dance







Doug teaches about the Feast of Shavuot



Iline did a dramatic teaching about the Tabernacle of the Lord
... the materials used to make it
... the colors used
... and how we are to relate to it



The Tabernacle was a moveable “tent of meeting” that God commanded Moses to build.  God wanted to dwell among His people, the Israelites.  He wanted to have fellowship with them and to be able to communicate with them.

“…make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.” (Exodus 25:8)
“Then I will dwell among the Israelites and be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of Egypt so that I might dwell among them.” (Exodus 29:45-46)


The Tabernacle and its courtyard were constructed according to a pattern set by God.  We study the Tabernacle to understand the steps the Lord laid out for a sinful people to approach a holy God.  And so God dwelled among His people in the Tabernacle in the wilderness. He appeared as a pillar of cloud over the Tabernacle by day and a pillar of fire by night in the sight of all Israel. The people would not set out on their journey unless the cloud lifted. It was an unmistakably powerful visual statement indicating God’s presence among them.  The Tabernacle was built approximately 1440 BC and was the place where God dwelt with His people for 400 years.  It was used from the time of the Exodus until the time of King Solomon, when the Temple was built.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)


The Tabernacle was the center of the Israelite camp.  The 12 tribes of Israel camped around the Tabernacle in a specific arrangement. There was only one gate by which people could enter into the tabernacle courtyard. The gate was 30 feet wide. It was located directly in the center of the outer court on the east end. The gate was covered by a curtain or screen made of finely twisted linen in blue, purple and scarlet. 

The one and only gate is a representation of Messiah as the only way through which one could fellowship with God and worship Him. To do this, one must enter in through the gate to the place where God dwelled. Yeshua said …

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.” (John 10:9)


The shofar is sounded by one of the priests


The act of entering the gate to the Tabernacle was significant to the Israelites. By entering, one could find forgiveness of sin and fellowship with God. The first thing that one saw upon coming through the gate was the brazen altar, which served as a reminder of man’s sinfulness and his need for a blood sacrifice in order to be fellowship with God. One needed to repent and offer sacrifices for their sin. Those who did not repent were not entering this “narrow way.”  The altar was the place for burning animal sacrifices. It showed the Israelites that the first step for sinful man to approach a holy God was to be cleansed by the blood of an innocent creature.


Fires in the Brazen Altar are kindled



The laver, or basin, was a large bowl filled with water located halfway between the brazen altar and the Holy Place. Although God did not give specific measurements for the Laver, it was to be made entirely of bronze. The priests were to wash their hands and their feet in it before entering the Holy Place. 

The application for Believers today is that we are forgiven through Messiah’s work on the cross, but we are washed through His Word. We need to be washed daily in His Word to cleanse ourselves, so that we can serve and minister before Him.


Priest wash their hands at the Laver before they enter the Holy Place


There were three pieces of furniture in the Holy Place: the Menorah, the Table of Showbread and the Golden Altar of Incense.


The Menorah, or lampstand, was the only source of light in the Holy Place, so without it, the priests would have been walking around in the dark.  Yeshua said…

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” (John 9:46)


A priest works on the light from the Menorah




The Table of Shewbread held 12 loaves of bread, representing the 12 tribes of Israel.  “Showbread” also was called “bread of the presence” because it was to be always in the Lord’s presence. The table and the bread were a picture of God’s willingness to fellowship and communion (literally speaking, sharing something in common) with man.


The High Priest prepares the Table of Shewbread





God commanded the priests to burn incense on the golden altar every morning and evening, the same time that the daily burnt offerings were made. The incense was to be left burning continually throughout the day and night as a pleasing aroma to the Lord.  The incense was a symbol of the prayers and intercession of the people going up to God as a sweet fragrance. God wanted His dwelling to be a place where people could approach Him and pray to Him.

“May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” (Psalm 141:2)


The priests prepare the incense for the Incense Altar



The Incense Altar and Veil that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place


The High Priest was the only person who was ever allowed access to the Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies).  He was allowed to go into the Most Holy Place only once a year on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) to atone for the sins of the people.  When Yeshua died, the Veil that separated the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place was rent from top to bottom allowing all Believers access to the presence of God.
Within the Holy of Holies, shielded from the eye of the common man, was one piece of furniture comprising two parts: the Ark of the Covenant and the atonement cover (or “mercy seat”) on top of it.  Because the ark was God’s throne among His people, it was a symbol of His presence and power with them wherever it went.
The three items in the ark were a reminder of man’s shortcomings but have taken on a different meaning since Messiah redeemed us from our sins.

The pot of manna: When Yeshua walked on earth, He became God’s provision to us. Manna, the bread from heaven, in itself did not impart life. But Yeshua told us that He was the true bread from heaven.
Aaron’s budding staff: Yeshua didn’t reject God’s authority. He submitted Himself to the Father’s will and died on the cross.  He came back to life like Aaron’s budding rod, “the firstfruits from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:20).
The Ten Commandments: Yeshua didn’t reject God’s right standard of living. He lived a sinless life and obeyed God’s Torah perfectly, becoming our perfect sacrifice and intercessor.


The High Priest prepares to enter the Most Holy Place (Holy of Holies)



The Most Holy Place with the Ark of the Covenant & Mercy Seat



But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law & Prophets testify.
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” (Romans 3:20-22)



Everyone watches with interest as the story of the Tabernacle unfolds




A special thanks to Bonnie Ogden for her work in preparing the Tabernacle presentation



A time of food and fellowship at the end of the evening - Oneg




Dance May 2010


During our Israeli Folk Dance Class during the month of May, we continued to work of the
wonderful dance "Mi Ha Ish" (Who is the Man)


Working in lines to teach the three parts of the dance






Mi Ha'Ish


1.   Step R, L, Tcherkesia (RLRL), R Side-Step, Sway L,
Step R, L, Tcherkesia (RLRL), R Side-Step, Sway L,
Step R, L, Pivot to face Center, Sway R L,
R crosses in front of L, L Brush-Lift,
L crosses in front of R, Step R,
L crosses in front of R, R Brush-Lift,
R crosses in front of L, Step L, L Coupe,
R, L Back out of Circle.

2.   Face Center, Move CW,
R crosses L, Step L,  R crosses L, Step L,
Toward Center of circle,
Step R, Kick L & Hold, L down, Step R,
Step L, Kick R & Hold, R down, Step L,
2-pt-turn toward center to face outside,
R-Back Yemenite (Rock back on R, Rock forward on L).

3.   Into Center of Circle with Chassidic Hand Movements,
Step R, L Close, (count 1-2)
Step R, L Close, (count 3-4)
Step R, L Close, (count 5-6)
Wide R sway to outside of circle using hands, Hold, (count 7-8)
2-pt-turn over L shoulder facing out (L shoulder to outside), (1-2)
Wide L sway to outside of circle using hands, Hold, (count 3-4)
2-pt-turn CW over R shoulder (3/4 turn), (count 5-6)
R-Back Yemenite (Rock back on R, Rock frd. on L) (count 7-8)
(Repeat all of 3 going out of circle).


To hear the song on YouTube
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Highway to Zion at Vision For Israel


Within the past year the Lord has started building strong relationships between Beit Yeshua and other Messianic and Jewish Roots groups such as Highway to Zion, Vision For Israel, Love For His People, and Beit Shofarot.  As a result of the work the Lord has been doing, Cathy of Highway to Zion invited Curtis, Doug and all of Beit Yeshua, to come and share an Evening Honoring Israel at the Highway to Zion assembly for the month of May.  The meeting was scheduled for Friday, May 21st, 2010, at the Vision For Israel offices and warehouse in Pineville, NC.

Cathy opens the meeting by reading scriptures concerning God's continual love for Israel



Behold how good and pleasant it is, for brethren to dwell together in unity""


Shofarot are sounded


Everyone stands to sing the Sh'ma


 The crowd moves closer as Susan & Paul say blessings over Shabbat candles, bread & wine




Everyone is invited to taste the Challah




The Machol Dancers dance to the song "On Your Walls" by Barry & Batya Segal



(Taken prior to the start of the meeting)



To see the Machol Dancers' performance of the dance "On Your Walls"



Cathy introduces Steve & Laurie and the band



A time of praise, worship and dance for all












The evening concludes with a time of teaching
Doug teaches about what Scripture has to say about Israel



The group listens intently


Fran & Chuck


Curtis teaches about the History of Modern Israel and her Scriptural borders



Cathy introduces Jeff and Paul - Jeff reads a Scripture
and Paul closes with prayer for Israel



An offering is received for Israel
Dale & Chuck fellowship



Janice and Cathy


Displays for all to enjoy


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