Theology & Worldview

Abigail Borland: Heroes of the Early Church Columnist

Meet Abigail Borland, an American living in East Asia!  As a ninth grader, Abigail is entering her third year of TPS and her first year with clay.

Abigail loves history, especially American and Biblical history and she finds the Bible, particularly the Gospel and the Psalms, to be valuable resources.  “We sometimes take what resources we have for granted, but what we often don’t realize is that there is sacrifice behind those resources. People died to bring us the Bible and even the Gospel.”

Abigail also enjoys writing, especially short stories, and starting novels, but sadly never finishing them.  Not surprisingly, she loves reading, particularly L. M. Montgomery, Jack Cavanaugh, Karen Kingsbury, and Jane Austen!

Abigail’s deep thoughts about the Bible, her love of history, and her passion for reading and writing all provide a perfect explanation for why she chose to write the Heroes of the Early Church column.

Abigail is inspired by many things and people, including fields of lavender, the Psalms, deadlines, Gladys Aylward, Amy Carmichael, Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, and her mom.  Her favorite quote is from missionary Jim Elliot’s journal: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”  Reflecting on this, her dream for the future is to have many adopted children.

If Abigail could be an animal, she would be a duck, as ducklings are very fuzzy and cute.  Like a duck, she is both an extrovert and an introvert; she likes to be with people, but is more productive during alone time.  Ducks sometimes congregate in large flocks, especially when united by a common pursuit of food, but they often keep to themselves when molting or when raising their ducklings.

I found Abigail to be a delightful individual, and with her thorough nature and deep interest in the subject of her column, she will impart to readers her enthusiasm for the heroes of the early church!


  1. I’ve never heard anyone characterize a duck as “both introverted and extroverted” haha. But if that’s true, then I suppose that I’m also a duck! (53% introverted, but that’s basically 50%.)

  2. Ducks are underrated imho… looking forward to your column!

  3. I’m looking forward to reading this column!

  4. Congratulations Abigail!! I know what an awesome writer you are and can’t wait to read what you have to say on the early church!!

    Rachel, you did an amazing job on this article too! I know Abigail personally, and you really captured who she is! Your writing style is smooth and flowing, and you mix in the perfect amount of humor :).

    Great job to the both of y’all!

  5. Can’t wait to read your stuff, Abigail! Amy Carmichael is an amazing person!

    • Yes! I love reading about Amy Carmichael’s life. She truly was a servant of God. I especially love to learn about her work with the orphans of India.

  6. οἱ ἅγιοι προπάτορες, the holy forefathers, starting with Isaiah, David, and Daniel. But my question is who is Abraham holding?