Messianic Girl Shocks Customs Officials


Customs officials at the Ben Gurion Airport have seen all kinds of attempts and heard all kinds of excuses from passengers trying to sneak by without paying taxes on their purchases made oversees. This week they were left stunned when a young girl asked if she could please pay her taxes on an article she had managed to get past the authorities a week earlier.


The young girl, a member of Beit Immanuel, had just come back from a trip to India. Crossing back into the country through the Jordan River border she didn't even think about declaring the new Galaxy 4 Smartphone she had purchased. After a few days, though, she began to feel sorry that she had not declared the item and decided she needed to pay the customs.

"I could hear the total amazement in the voice of the customs official on the telephone when I called," she said. 


Local customs officials were so surprised by this unheard of request they transferred her call to the chief customs officer Yigal Malka who was deeply moved by the young girls regret at not paying the tax. 


"It is an extremely rare occurrence for someone to come back and pay the customs like this," reported the officer. 


No one in the customs office could remember anything like this having ever happened before. So moved by the incident, customs official decided to forgive her the debt which would have come to about 500 NIS.


 "I am just beginning my university studies, and every shekel is really important to me," the girl explained to the officials, "but I am a Messianic Jew and knew that it is not God's will to secretly avoid my taxes - so I decided to make things right."


To her further astonishment customs official then contacted the local Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot. They wanted people to hear something about "the beautiful side of the Israeli people," they said. The young Messianic girl agreed to the interview with the understanding that this was an opportunity to glorify God emphasizing the fact that she is a Jewish believer in Yeshua (Jesus). The article was published and has received loads of positive responses!

We pray you are blessed and inspired by this little story to be honest, it can make a huge difference.

David and Michaella