Kristen and I are overjoyed to announce the birth of our son, Khaya Tews Konkol, at Parklands Hospital in Westville (Durban), South Africa, on Wednesday evening of October 13, 2010. He weighs 3.38 kg (7.5 pounds) and is 53 ct (21 inches) tall.
“Khaya” is a an isiZulu word translated into English as “home”. Among other things, we believed choosing this name would not only honor the place of his birth and wonderful people who have accompanied us here in South Africa, but also serve as a daily reminder of the connections and “home” he also shares with our family and friends in North America. “Tews” is Kristen’s maiden name, as we wished to honor her incredibly loving and supportive family legacy, in addition to carrying forward the “Konkol” family surname which we also deeply cherish.
All together, “Khaya Tews Konkol” is a reminder of the gift of life and the “home” we find each day through our identity as recipients of God’s incredible love. And so, I thank God for the safe delivery, the excellent medical care, the wonderful compassion of friends and family, and perhaps most of all, for Kristen. My admiration and love for Kristen continues to grow, as her courage and faith put forward during the delivery was nothing short of remarkable. I could not be more proud of my partner, best friend, and love of my life. Khaya is incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful mother.
As you can imagine, there is much more I could say! At this point I will simply close with: Thank God, thank you, and please continue to remember us in your thoughts and prayers.
With peace and love, Brian Konkol
The Rev. Brian and Kristen Konkol are ELCA missionaries serving in South Africa. Congratulations!