A New Name
By Doug Bing, Washington Conference president
This past week was a bittersweet time for our family. For the past six years, an international student named Luke Han has lived in our home. He came to us while he was in seventh grade and this year he graduated from Auburn Adventist Academy. When he arrived, he barely understood or spoke English. But when he left he was fully conversant in English as well as understanding of the American way of life.
He was truly a part of our family. He had learned to clean his room and his bathroom. He learned to cook and take household responsibilities. He had learned how to study and apply himself in the academic world. He had learned about family worship. Having been raised as an only child he also learned how to interact with his new American siblings.
When Monday after graduation came, it was time for him to return home to Korea on a permanent basis. It was a sad day. He was shedding tears and we of course were as well. I am not good with that kind of goodbye.
I drove him to where we were meeting the academy bus that would take him to the airport. As we waited with other international students, one of his friends started to talk with him as she could tell that Luke was upset and sad. After a little bit she said to him, "You can call yourself Luke Bing Han."
Continue reading to see how Doug connects the story of a new name to the name Jesus promises us!