Abigail (Abby) Joy Monfreda is an introspective, loyal, sincere, quietly passionate 18-year-old, an undeserving daughter of King Jesus, and TPS graduate. But do not be fooled – behind her poker-face demeanor and contemplative thoughts lies a down-to-earth humor, boundless laughter, and an enthusiasm for random topics. Her many favorite pastimes include laughing uncontrollably (especially with her mom), playing group games, watching Disney movies and ones based on true stories, reading good books and God’s Word, savoring healthy food, and savoring dessert even more (dark chocolate & brownies are her weaknesses). Also, her passion for exercise and appreciation of the beauty of God’s creation most often go hand in hand.
Abby also enjoys using her natural eye for detail with photography. Living in Williamsburg, Virginia, she has never stepped foot out of the United States, but exploring new places and capturing everything with her Nikon camera excites her. She hopes to travel to unique places some time in her life if the Lord wills. Italy, Spain, Latin America, and Israel are on her bucket list.
Aside from her prospective travels someday, Abby loves being in the moment and feels content and grateful when she spends time with her family, her friends, her cocker spaniel Reagan, and of course her TPS family! She has spent 8 years taking TPS classes, from Mrs. Hansen’s Writers Workshop in 5th grade all the way to her dad’s (Mr. Monfreda’s) U.S. Government & Politics class her senior year. She is thankful for the rigorous design of TPS classes that have prepared her well for college and life in general, as well as the many down-to-earth friends she has met over the years.
Abby would like to thank all her teachers for their dedication to teaching and their love for the Lord that have impacted her in ways they probably will never know. She is restraining herself from mentioning everyone.
All her English teachers grew her into the writer she is today. Mrs. Brown’s sweet passion while praying before class and Dr. Juneman’s hunger for God in Bible Survey grew her own hunger for the Lord. Mr. Riesen’s bible studies before class helped her persevere through Chemistry.
Mr. Gilbert’s Theology Matters and Worldview classes stretched both her mind and walk with the Lord beyond what she knew was possible. She is indebted to his down-to-earth humor that lightened the profound, metaphysical mood of class. There was never a class she did not look forward to.
Señora Falk, Señora Kelly, and Señor Poortenga each cultivated the love for Spanish she has today, from Spanish 1a all the way to her last AP Spanish class. She never planned on continuing Spanish that long, but her teachers sparked a love in her that continues to this day. They shaped her passion for connecting with others despite a language barrier. Most of all, she is thankful that now she can use this skill (and has) to share the gospel with Spanish speakers who do not know Jesus.
Although she was not able to participate with the TPS Honduras team, she desires someday to serve the Lord and share His love overseas in Latin America if He wills.
This fall, Abby will most likely work full-time and take a couple classes at Thomas Nelson Community College. Next fall, she plans on pursuing a major in nursing wherever the Lord calls her, possibly at Pensacola Christian College in Florida, online at Regent University, or elsewhere. She also hopes to minor in Spanish to grow even more and become useful in the health field.
It is bittersweet for her to say goodbye to TPS, and she will always cherish how God has grown her by His amazing grace over her high school years. Wherever God leads her, she trusts His unfailing goodness and His plan for her to bring Him glory.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher… I guess I got the gene from my parents. 😉 I went to a private school until 5th grade, and as I observed my teachers I just wanted to do the same thing — teach and be in charge. I would even pretend at home with a classroom playset I had, so I guess it came naturally.
Favorite Bible Verse
I have so many favorites, but one God has really been using to change me recently is Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Although I’ve read this verse many times, I now understand it more in my heart. It reminds me that the selfish, “old Abby” who cannot please God is dead and powerless. Now, Christ Himself is the One who literally lives through me by His Spirit in my thoughts and actions. To glorify Him daily, I need to remember that awesome reality and hope.
I don’t think I have a personal motto, but one of my favorite quotes is this by Jim Elliot:
“Wherever you are, be all there.”
It’s good to plan for the future and think of the past, but we are limited, and He has placed us where we are for a reason. We can glorify God most by fully living the way He wants us to in each moment — whether that’s writing a paper, chatting with friends, or simply washing the dishes. We shouldn