Well, after much conversation and contemplation we’ve named our son Samuel Patrick Evans.

Both names are meaningful to us for a variety of reasons. Patrick is Gretchen’s uncle Ken’s middle name and we chose it to honor him. We chose Samuel for a first name primarily because of Samuel the priest and last judge of Israel. He was a man who listened to God and followed him despite the fact that his nation, including it’s spiritual leaders, had abandoned God to serve themselves. I know it’s a little discouraging to think about, but our nation is headed in that direction and we want our son to be like Samuel, loving God in the midst of it.

Samuel is a hebrew name that means literally, “God Heard”. In 1 Samuel 1:20 Hannah names her son Samuel because she had asked God for a son and he heard her request.

Evans is a derivative of the Welsh form of the Hebrew name John, meaning God has been gracious, or God is good.

We feel that God has heard our prayers and been very gracious to us. Samuel Evans means literally, God hears and God is good.

Also, we’re home now, and thanks again for all of your prayers and support.

Note: for those of you who find etymology and the meaning of names interesting, Patrick is derived from the Latin name Patricius, which means nobleman. Roman society was divided into plebeians, or commoners and patricians, or aristocrats. St. Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland. As a child he was captured by Irish raiders and made a slave, but after six years he escaped back to Britain. Years later he became a bishop and went back to Ireland as a missionary. He is the patron saint of Ireland, as well as excluded people, engineers, and Nigeria, which was evangelized primarily by Irish missionaries, interestingly enough.