In March of 2008, an Israeli teen found a holiday package on his door step. It was Purim, the day Jews celebrate their deliverance from Haman’s plot to rid Persia of the Jews. The boy took the package inside. When he opened it, it exploded, shrapnel ripping his body.
Ami Ortiz is a pastor’s son. The family’s offense: believing and proclaiming that Yeshua (Jesus) is the promised Messiah of Israel.
In January, admitted bomber Jack Teitel was convicted for murdering two other people. In April, he was sentenced to life in prison.
Romans 8:28 is a verse we cling to during trials, but it must seem a hard word when you see your son bloody and torn:
We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose. (CJB)
God has worked good from this evil. Through all this, the Ortiz family has been able to share Yeshua with Israel through news media and to show God’s grace to extend forgiveness. In the process, the minority Messianic Jewish community has gained respect in a land where many still deny their countrymen’s Jewishness because they proclaim Yeshua is Israel’s Messiah.
Maoz Israel has produced a video chronicling the Ortiz’s battle to be heard and for justice.