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Ami Ortiz Update

I hope you have an opportunity to see the story we did today for CBN News on Ami Ortiz. It's a remarkable story.

Ami Ortiz is the young teen who opened a Purim holiday gift package a little over a year ago and nearly died because the gift was actually a bomb in disguise.

The picture of Ami taken just moments after the bombing is gruesome. You wonder how anyone could survive such an ordeal, much less live a normal life.

In fact, doctors did not anticipate Ami would live through that first night.

However, miraculously he not only survived but has made an amazing recovery throughout this past year. He's now back playing one of his favorite sports, basketball.

His physical recovery is one miracle, but another might well be the fact that he holds no bitterness against the people who tried to kill him and/or his family.

His parents, David and Leah, have also chosen to forgive the perpetrators, though they still yearn for those responsible to be brought to justice. They don't want anyone else to suffer an ordeal like the one they've gone through.

The Ortiz family believe they were targeted because of their faith in Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) as the Jewish Messiah. They're not alone.

Majed El Shafie, the founder of the human rights group One Free World International, is asking people to sign a petition so the Israeli government will apprehend those responsible.

If you want to sign up for the petition, you can log onto their Web site.

You can also keep up to date on Ami's progress at his Web site.

Finally, I know the family has cherished the prayers and support of people around the world. They say that prayer has brought them through this crucible and believe that prayer will continue to sustain them and turn what was meant for evil into good.

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# RE: Ami Ortiz Update

Thanks for this update, Chris. I heard about it through the Sarvis' who send an Israel report to Chuck Pierce's ministry. It's always great to hear the praise reports after you've prayed.

By the way, we have a mutual intercessor friend, Faye Daniel in Pensacola.


Sue Duncan
Left by SD Texas on May 18, 2009 1:36 PM