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Tomorrow, Friday March 23rd, will be a special prayer meeting in our congregation in Ariel. Messianic leaders from all over Israel will be gathering for a time of fasting and prayer for Ami and the situations surrounding the attack, from 10am to 2PM Israel time.

Thanks for the information. I will be praying.

 2008/5/23 20:21


HaYovel: Ami Update from Leah May 27th

[u]From Leah[/u]

Ami had another appointment this week with a hand specialist - he has severe pain in his hands, especially the left which is a result of nerve damage. The doctor told us that he needs operations in both of his arms, as the nerve damage begins quite high up, above the elbow at least on the left side. We were told that one of the major nerves is torn, and another is damaged. If the torn one can't be reconnected, they'll have to do a graft from another nerve somewhere else in his body, in which case it will have to grow, and could take a year to see results. She said that nerves grow at the rate of 1cm. a day!! He has very long arms, and so he has about 1/2 a meter of nerves to grow in!! However, it could be that the existing nerves can be repaired and reconnected, and so let's pray for that, and for continued miracles for Ami. The surgery on the left hand is scheduled for this Monday, June 2.

I have to say that Ami took the news better than I did - because he's anxious for the pain to be relieved.

We also have to see the foot specialist, as he has tendons that need to be reattached in his right foot as well. I am in touch with a very well known plastic surgeon who wants to see Ami also, to see what can be done for the left foot and the skin graft scars.

Please pray that we will be able to stay faithful and full of faith through this ordeal. I often feel overwhelmed by what Ami is going through, and Ami is weakened by the pain to the point of tears every so often. David and I are grateful though, that bottom line he's with us, and we can be going through what we're going through. We are also grateful because even in the natural there are solutions for all of his problems. We are grateful that we have all of you so faithfully praying and believing for us. We are also grateful that we have a great God who loves us and has never left us or forsaken us for a moment.

I ask for prayer for our criminal lawyer, Yossi Graiver, who is representing us. He is not a believer, but an extraordinary person with a heart for what has happened to Ami and a desire to see justice served. We also have a Messianic lawyer who has helped us from the beginning, Calev Myers, who represents the Messianic community here in Israel in matters concerning the faith and the law of the land. We are extremely blessed. Please pray for the legal case, that the criminals will be caught, and that a full sentence will be served with no plea bargains.

Thank you, and I will try to keep you updated as to the results of the operation as soon as I can get to my computer.

Yours in the Messiah,
Leah Ortiz

 2008/5/27 18:49


HaYovel: Ami Update from Leah May 30

Here's todays update from Leah, Ami's mother. Our prayer is that our Father in Heaven give all of us revelation as to the significance of this tragedy and compel us with His passion for Ami and Israel to pray. In Mark 4:11 Yeshua says, "To you (His disciples) it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God". Paul says, "For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion (conceited), that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in." (Romans 11:25)

Are we arrogant because we are ignorant of God's mystery concerning Israel? It is time for all of us to pray and receive clear understanding of this mystery ......Israel's ability to see is depending on it. The Groom will not come until the Bride is ready which includes all of Ami (His people).

Shabbat Shalom,

Tommy Waller

From Leah

Thank you all for praying for Ami - I have received so many encouraging emails. We're also thankful for every postcard, letter, calendar, drawing, and love gift that we've received. Our way is so much easier because of the love and concern expressed through every form of communication.

I wanted to update you on something -- Ami was scheduled to have the operation to repair nerves in his left arm this Monday, June 2nd. However, on Tuesday he all of a sudden became ill with a throat infection for which he's on antibiotics. Therefore, the operation is postponed for two weeks!! I believe this is of the Lord, as there is time for the Lord to intervene as we press in and pray for healing of the nerves in his arms and hands. He experiences much pain in his left hand especially, but he's being given a new medication for the neuropathy, which is beginning in small doses, and then will be increased.

Again, I believe that this delay is from the Lord, when the doctor told me, I felt a joy that I can't describe in my heart, and I "knew because I knew" this delay was from Him.

Thank you that you are there for us - and that you are faithful to pray. We love you all, and are grateful to the Lord for you every day. We pray for blessing on your families and great increase especially in the Spirit in these last days.

A video report has been done on Ami and the bombing which will air on Channel one in Israel at 8PM our time this Friday May 30th.. The police tried to stop this report from being aired and brought Channel one into court twice!! However they were defeated twice.They say that they don't want details of the case revealed for their investigation but 9 weeks have passed with no arrests and no suspects. This is something that needs much prayer, but please pray for the perpetrators of this attempted murder and hate crime to be apprehended and for justice to be done.


 2008/6/1 13:37

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Again, I believe that this delay is from the Lord, when the doctor told me, I felt a joy that I can't describe in my heart, and I "knew because I knew" this delay was from Him.

Thank You Jesus!

 2008/6/1 14:38Profile

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Ami - mother; fear; people - Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

Ami - (builder), one of Solomon's servants, (Ezra 2:57) called Amon, Or Amen, Amon #S in (Nehemiah 7:59) - Smith's Bible Names Dictionary

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1. 2 Kings 14:25
He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher.

2. 2 Chronicles 6:37
Yet if they bethink themselves in the land whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly;

3. Ezra 2:57
The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Ami.

4. Psalm 84:1
How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!

5. Daniel 3:29
Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.

6. Jonah 1:1
Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

7. Matthew 1:4
And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;

8. Luke 3:33
Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda,

9. Luke 23:41
And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.

10. James 4:3
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

 2008/6/1 15:05Profile


June 7 (Message from facebook prayer group for Ami)

Dear All,

Below is a link to a news report done by Israel's Channel 1 News. This news report on Ami was the highest rated show on Israeli TV during the time it was aired due to the number of viewers. As you will learn from the video, the Israeli police attempted to stop the airing of this report by taking Channel 1 to court twice. When their first attempt failed, they brought it before a higher court. Thankfully, the second attempt failed as well. The Lord used the fact that they were trying to cover up the case to bring greater publicity and awareness. Advertisements were made to make the public aware of how much the police are trying to block any information to be revealed about the case. It made people more interested.

The airing of the report also caused public officials as well as other media outlets to take interest in what's happening. They are starting to wonder what is being hidden and why. This is pressuring the police to finally start working on the case after they've sat on the evidence without doing anything.

Also, you will see in one part of the report that Leah was asked if she's a missionary. Her reply was no. The word missionary in this land has a very negative connotation; even used as an insult. It represents a dishonest person who uses bribery or force as means of getting the Jewish people to convert. It does not represent someone who proclaims the love of Yeshua for His people.

As you watch this report, please not only respond as it asks you at the end, but we ask that you pray. Here are some prayer points:

Pray for Ami:
Pray that the Lord would continue to speak to Ami and give him love, peace, hope, and joy.
Pray that the Lord would continue to perform miracles on his physical body. He still faces multiple operations to reattach severed nerves in his arms and a long road of physical therapy. Pray for miraculous healing.
Pray for us (David and Leah):
Pray that the Lord would continue to give us more grace and strength for each day.
Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom and discernment as we deal with the police, officials, lawyers, and the media.
Pray that the Lord will continue to give us courage and boldness to proclaim His name.
Pray for our children:
Pray that the Lord will use this to work in the hearts of our children and not be a point of discouragement.
Pray for the believers:
Pray that the Lord will continue to unite the believers all over the land and the world through this matter.
Pray that the Lord will cast out all fear through His love and that they will be bold and courageous in declaring their faith.
Pray that the media will not twist any facts, but present the truth so that the Lord will be glorified.

We thank you for all your prayers, support, and encouragements in this season.

Please note that the video is also on YouTube in two parts. You can search for Ami Ortiz Israel. It will also be uploaded on GodTube.

In Yeshua,

David & Leah


I took the link out of this message since it isn't working due to technical difficulties. You can find it on youtube or God tube. These two videos have Ami and his parents on there. If you have been praying for Ami, I encourage you to watch these videos. It is shocking to see the state of Ami's body, but thrilling to realize the miracle of him even being alive today. May God continue to work His miraculous power!


 2008/6/11 13:25

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Here are the links to the YouTube videos:

Joy, thank you for keeping us updated on Ami.

 2008/6/11 17:13Profile


Hayovel Ami Update June 20

This update from Leah is quite revealing and contains major prayer points for Ami and his family. Leah mentions her struggle with MS. This family battle is a battle we must all participate in. May we never let Ami or the Ortiz family struggle without our prayers no matter how long the struggle last.

I've put together a slideshow to hopefully allow you to become more familiar with Ami. My dear friend Lisa Bevil just released an album appropriately called "When Healing Comes" at Her song "I Will Pray For You" I've renamed "Ami's Song". I hope the slide show stirs you and others to pray continually for Ami and the Ortiz family.

For a smaller file and easier download follow this link:

For better quality, but larger file follow this link:

Shabbat Shalom,


Ami Update From Leah

This week has flown by, but with Ami experiencing more and more pain in his left arm and hand, and now electric "shocks" in one of the toes that was partially amputated by the bomb and sometimes throughout his whole body. I have to say it has been a bit discouraging, as we know the whole world is praying, and you are all praying so diligently.... I've been wondering, where are you Lord?? Where are you in this, and why are you letting Ami suffer and seemingly get worse even. A brother just sent me something as I sat down to write this update and it is the answer. It is too long to include it all, but here are a few excerpts....

A long time ago, a precious older saint said something to me which has never left me. It has become like a permanent message pinned on the notice-board of my mind. This is what she said:

'When God wants to do something great, He starts with something difficult;
When He wants to do something very wonderful, He starts with something impossible!'

Over and over again in my own life, I can testify to the truth of these words. However, more recently I have found that all these occurrences were dress-rehearsals for a situation I am now facing. Just as David had his dress-rehearsals killing the lion and the bear in order to prepare his heart to face Goliath, so too the Father takes us through training sessions; smaller battles which build our faith and knowledge of His character so that we may not only stand but triumph in the day we face our Goliath.

Then she begins to recount the story of Lazarus, Mary and Martha -- how they had seen the Lord heal, and had a close relationship with Him, yet their eyes scanned the horizon as their brother became more and more ill, and He didn't seem to arrive......... Or care.

'Hope deferred makes the heart sick', the Word tells us and as the reality of the situation before their eyes became more and more hopeless, confusion was replaced by anger and somewhere in-between these two raging emotions, faith was desperately trying to keep its head above the stormy waters.

This is exactly where we have been this week (Ami and myself). However, what happened after Lazarus even died, was the greatest miracle of all, resurrection from the dead, and God being glorified. And so we simply need to keep on trusting, no matter how difficult, painful, and confusing....... We have no choice but to trust Him. I have to say that the medical staff are wonderful and compassionate people who have been trying to do their utmost to help Ami and relieve his symptoms.

We have had some major turn arounds and blessings this week as well. Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice has been in Israel with his brother, Scott. (Rabbi Scott). Jay met with David, Caleb Myers and our criminal lawyer Yossi Graiver, and by the grace of almighty God they are planning strategy. Jay met with Avi Dichter, the minister of Internal Security, and told him that this unsolved crime is causing Washington to take notice. He said there are many Senators and Congressmen who are outraged that this has taken place, and are closely watching for justice to be done.

Dichter said that our file is on his desk, and he is involving himself to see that it is solved. Our lawyer said that this case is not going to be easy to be solved, and might turn out to be quite complicated, but progress has to be made. We were very grateful for Jay Sekulow standing up for us and using his considerable influence and connections for the case. Rabbi Scott Sekulow and his wife Judy came to the hospital to meet Ami and he was a real blessing. He ministered powerfully to Ami as he had a near fatal car accident when he was 16, with many similar injuries, and he was able to testify of the healing power of the Lord, and that Ami will return to normal life.

Please pray for these developments, and for Ami's surgery on June 26th.

Ami has 5 siblings who are a blessing to him and who are dedicated to supporting him during this time. My oldest is a daughter, who is married and has a four month old Baby. She comes to the hospital several times a week, and brings home cooked food to Ami, even though she teaches, has a small baby, and her husband comes also even though he works very hard and is exhausted at the end of the day. The next four are boys - and I would ask for prayer for all as we are all coming to terms with this tragedy. There have been varied responses from all, and as far as the faith is concerned as well. If you could keep Chen,(29) her husband Nissim, baby Rani, Aaron (27), Ariel (24) Natan (21), and Elad (19) in your prayers as well, we would appreciate it greatly.

David has been taking on the burden of the investigation and the numerous meetings with lawyers, meetings with other believers and congregational leaders in the land, sharing information, providing evidence to various legal entities, etc. etc. He needs much prayer.

Please pray for strength for myself, Leah, as well as I haven't been feeling too well these days and I am exhausted. I suffer from MS, and the enemy is trying to aggravate the symptoms - whom I rebuke in the mighty name of Yeshua.

Thank you for everything -- heaven will tell the whole story, and we will be able to rejoice together one day!

In the Messiah,

Leah Ortiz

PS: An AP article was just released and is being picked up by major news media - you can view it on

 2008/6/20 20:22


I watched some of it. Thanks for sharing that. Did you say that they were or were not christians? I've never heard of Lisa Bevill, is she a new artist?

 2008/6/20 20:54



Rebecca_LF wrote:
I watched some of it. Thanks for sharing that. Did you say that they were or were not christians? I've never heard of Lisa Bevill, is she a new artist?

Yes, the Ortiz's are Christians and Mr. Ortiz is a pastor I believe. I don't know anything about Lisa Bevill.

It really is touching to see pictures of Ami and all that he has gone through. And he has a long road of recovery ahead...I pray the Lord brings healing that speeds up that time.

 2008/6/20 21:32

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