Following is an open letter by Ken Rank concerning a challenging matter recently faced by Hanoch Young and United2Restore. We appreciate Hanoch’s integrity and principles!! Thank you Hanoch!
An open letter to my fellow Ephraimites:
Our lives are about choice. God gave the commandments and stated, “I have set before you blessing and cursing, life and death, therefore choose life.” Not all of our choices are so grandiose, but sometimes even seemingly our smallest decisions can have an impact on others. Recently Hanoch Young was offered an opportunity to be a tour guide for a group that will remain nameless. He accepted, and why not, guiding tours is how he pays his rent! However, one of the tour leaders has denied Yeshua and is also actively trying to persuade others to follow. Moreover, he is close to a very influential man who is considered to be an anti-missionary.
I want you to understand, Hanoch needs the money he would get from this or ANY tour. However, he also recognizes that if his face was used on the promotion literature, which was their plan, that he would be associated with at least two people who are considered to be anti-missionaries. The stated goal of United 2 Restore is that those who are Ephraim should remain Ephraim and those who are Judah should remain Judah (Because that is who God determined us to be!), and a day will come, we believe, when God will correct whoever might be wrong. Because this tour that he was asked to guide includes some folks who stand in complete opposition to what United 2 Restore is about, Hanoch has pulled away from that group because he recognizes that ultimately it could damage both United 2 Restore and himself.
I know this wasn’t easy for him, like I said, I know he could use the money. In fact, his last trip here to the States to speak to Ephraimites costed him a great deal of money. I am sharing this to make sure you all know what I have known, that Hanoch is not a man with a hidden agenda to secretly try to pull followers of Yeshua away from Yeshua. That is not what he is about and actions like this, that hurt him financially, prove that. It is time to stand behind a guy like this, support the efforts in any way possible, and then together let’s all change the world!