Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Received this update today on Ami

Date: Wed, 14 May 2008
From: "JSP/JAMM"
Subject: Richard Ayal Frieden
re 15 year old Ami Ortiz

Dear Friends, the following is a report from Pastor David and Leah Ortiz, the Parents of 15 year old Ami Ortiz who suffered severe injuries when from a bomb sent to his home disguised as a Purim Holiday package and exploded upon opening. I met David and Leah last week and was deeply moved by their testimony. A special thanks to those who sent hundreds of 'get-well' cards and letters of support and love to Ami and his family. I understand that his Mom reads these letters everyday to Ami. I know that this has been a tremendous encouragement to Ami and his family.

Shalom and blessings,
Richard and Yardena Frieden

Ami Update

May 6, 2008

We checked out of the Schneider Children's hospital, last week after a six-week stay, 8 days in the ICU and the rest on the children's floor. Ami received excellent care from the doctors and nurses in that hospital, but in response to prayer from the four corners of the earth Ami has been healing at a rate that is extraordinary. The plastic surgeon that worked on Ami said that in his 15 years of experience he had never seen such extensive wounds. He said he has at least one hundred pieces of shrapnel in his body from his head to his feet which his body is slowly bringing up under the surface of the skin which will come out by themselves.

Thank God Ami was admitted today into a rehabilitation program in Tel HaShomer hospital. It is the hospital where terror attack victim's are treated, and also soldiers wounded in battle, so they are very experienced with the multiple injuries Ami has.

In the meantime, we had a week hiatus at home. We enjoyed living a more normal life for at least a week, and readjusting to new realities. I, Leah, have learned to change Ami's bandages and so I see improvement everyday and I see areas of skin that were wounded before that are completely back to normal. We have much hope and at the same time need much patience, as that is one very big lesson that we are learning through this ordeal. The Lord is very faithful to give His promises. From the very beginning He assured us that there had been a decision made in Heaven that we might not understand now, but that Ami would be fine and that He would use this for His glory. The working out of it has been painful for everyone especially Ami, and we have found that we have need to stand in faith that His promises will come to pass. As it is written in, Joshua 21:45,

Not a word failed of any good thing that the Lord had spoken to the House of Israel. All came to pass.

Prayer Points:

Please pray for complete restoration of the use of Ami's hands and arms.
Please pray for healing of all burns and scars on his body.
Please pray for continued emotional and spiritual healing for Ami and for the family.
Please pray for Ami's siblings that they would all draw closer to the Lord through this experience. Please pray for the police investigation and that the one's responsible for this would be brought to justice.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The devil is defeated

From: Todd Avery
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 9:57 AM
Subject: Family Situation

Gang, it is with a hopeful and prayerful heart that I am writing this email. A few of you know already what Jennifer and I are going through this week so here’s the update and the news for those that don’t know. Our fears were confirmed with an actual biopsy yesterday that my wife and soul mate Jennifer, has breast cancer. We don’t know the details at this point other than we have been advised that aggressive treatment will be needed. We go back to the doctor today at 3:30 to put together our plan of attack to fight this demon. We are both saved by our lord Jesus Christ so we know this is not of God but of our enemy and we are treating it as such. We hold firm to God’s word that says “all things work together for the good of those that believe” and will continue to do so until his glory is made manifest to us in this situation. We also know that many, if not all of you are believers as well and we are asking for your fervent prayers while we fight this fight. I realize that email is not the best way to deliver this type of news and I apologize for that but please understand that I’m not yet ready to begin to talk about it directly until we have had some time to take inventory of the situation. I fully expect to be out of commission for a short period and will talk directly ASAP with those of you that I may need some help from concerning my up and coming team in Raleigh, NC. We have scheduled a lunch and learn there for Wednesday of next week and I’m not sure at this point if I’ll be able to go to that event or not and that may be the first place I need some help. I have not spoken to anyone on the team other than you all as Branch Managers but we are not going to try to keep this a secret. We fully intend to expose it and it’s source for the shameful, rotten, defeated scoundrel that he is and the more believers that we have praying for us the better we know that we will be. I will address those issues with my direct base shop as soon as I work out a support system with Tom and a few of you that are willing to lend a hand for a short period of time. Please know this. We are so grateful to have outstanding people like you all as our team leaders and that gives us more comfort at a time like this than you may ever know. Jennifer and I think of you all as family and we hope you feel the same about us which is why I wanted to get this off my heart today.

Todd Avery

Senior Branch Manager
United First Financial

1022 Palmetto Dr
Richmond, KY 40475

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