Matthew 5:10-12"Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Ephesians 6:12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Jeremiah 30:16-17 `Therefore all who devour you will be devoured; And all your adversaries, every one of them, will go into captivity; And those who plunder you will be for plunder,And all who prey upon you I will give for prey. `For I will restore you to health And I will heal you of your wounds,' declares the LORD, `Because they have called you an outcast, saying: "It is Zion; no one cares for her."'
Jacob Prasch & Moriel request urgent prayer for Ami, the son of Israeli Evangelist David Ortiz in Ariel near Tel Aviv. The family has been threatened by both Ultra Orthodox Jews, but also by Moslems & Hamas linked Islamic groups for leading Moslems to faith in Christ. On Purim, a gift parcel arrived for David, his wife and their five children. Ami opened the parcel containing a bomb that blew up in his face. Below is the latest report from Israel. We praise Yeshua that the boy is alive, how be it in serious condition, very badly burned and missing certain body parts.Please pray for this lad's recovery and physical rehabilitation, for the family, and that the evil terrorists who perpetrated this attack will be apprehended and bought to justice.
A short update He is out of surgery. The Lord has been merciful. The boy is still a mess but stable. Amazing news - no shrapnel got into his arteries or vital organs. One lung was crushed but they managed to save it. His brain is not injured. His body is intact except for losing several toes (not sure why "toes" instead of "fingers", but this detail is from his mother Leah). The swelling in his face has gone down.It is truly miraculous, given the fact that the bomb was right in front of him. The Lord had to have been shielding him to keep him alive.That was the good news. The rest... he has 2nd and 3rd degree burns, deep gashes all over, and both arms broken. In addition, his eyes are badly damaged. The med team has not even had a chance to take care of that yet, because of all the life- threatening things they were working on all night. He is stable but heavily sedated. His parents were at the hospital all night and are obviously in a state of shock and exhaustion. I have not seen their apartment, but the older Ortiz kids went to the house and they say the entire kitchen and living room are destroyed. No one is even thinking about that, because Ami is alive and that is enough for now. The Shabak (general security people) are doing a complete investigation. They were just here at the house. The two theories of "who" are still being considered - either anti-missionaries (Jewish extremists) or Arab terrorists. For the record, I strongly doubt the anti-missionary theory. The hostile hareidim do things very differently - usually going wild and/or bringing a crowd to demonstrate. In the most extreme cases, they have set fire to a meeting place (while empty). They do not try to carry out cold-blooded murders - and they certainly would not use the tradition of Purim gift-giving (a mitzvah they take quite seriously) for the bait! In fact, it was not a traditional Purim food-basket - it was a wrapped package, unusually bulky and large. Ami called his parents to comment on it, about 20 minutes before opening it....This bomb was designed by people who knew what they were doing, how to set and hide a trigger, and how to maximize its blast effect. The bomb packed with metal shards is a trademark of PA-sponsored terror. David has had a "fatwa" on his head (death threat) from Hamas for several years, for the crime of bringing Palestinian Muslims to faith in Yeshua. There was not much media coverage of this angle. I personally think the police have downplayed the terrorist theory because it would mean having to face the fact that Palestinians got in and out of Ariel without notice. (We have never had a terror attack inside our gates for the 30 years of Ariel's existence, in spite of being in the middle of Samaria.) They do not want to open that 'Pandora's box' until they absolutely have no choice.We are praying that the guilty parties will be caught - and I am specifically praying that they will feel the Lord's intense pressure on them. We are very thankful the Lord has spared Ami. Bless all of you who have been praying, and thanks to all who replied by email and phone. Please keep praying. Ami is still in bad shape. The family obviously has a long, hard trial ahead of them. Blessings and Shalom