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!