Abigail Newhof, known to her friends simply as Abby, has lived 15 out of her 17 years in Baku, Azerbaijan. She enjoys school (especially math) and loves to play board and card games with her parents and four younger siblings. You can find her with a book in hand whenever she can convince herself that she has time for reading (which is more often than recommended), and in her other free time, Abby has fun working with her hands in projects of origami, sewing, knitting, and juggling.
Abby has attended Caspian Academy since kindergarten, but in the past two years has taken many of her classes online with TPS because her school doesn’t provide them. She is very grateful for the opportunity she has had to attend TPS because it has allowed her to grow tremendously in her writing skills and to advance in the math she so enjoys. Next year she will, God willing, attend Cornerstone University in Michigan, majoring in Math and Secondary Education. Abby hopes to teach overseas someday in an international school like the one she grew up in, working with younger MKs and TCKs.
A final note: I would like to give a huge shout-out to all CA-TPS-ers! I don’t know if that name for students of Caspian Academy and TPS will stick, but I want you all to know that I love and appreciate you very much. My years in high school (and before) are filled with great memories because of you guys, who have supported my many crazy ideas, been excited to see me, and are always ready to have fun or talk deep talks. Thank you. 🙂
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I have wanted to be a teacher for a while, but I never really thought about this question when I was little, so I’m not sure. I think I probably said teacher even when I was younger because that is one of the only jobs I was exposed to! Or maybe a writer because I loved to read so very much. (I know now that could never happen. A love of reading does not equal a love of writing!)
Favorite Bible Verse:
I love Nehemiah 9! In this chapter, Ezra prays a long prayer remembering with the Israelites before God the ways that God had been faithful to his people and the ways that the Israelites had been unfaithful to God. It is a beautiful summary of much of the Old Testament and a declaration of God’s mercy because “when they [the Israelites] turned and cried to you [God], you heard from heaven and many times you delivered them according to your mercies…. for you are a gracious and merciful God.” (Neh 9:28, 31) It is good to remember God’s faithfulness in times past as I look forward at the always uncertain future.
It’s not a catchphrase, but… (from the song by Tenth Avenue North): “So if I fall and if I fail/ I will trust Your mercy is/ Greater than all of this/ And if I bend and if I break/ I’ll trust the hands that hold me are/ Greater than all my regrets/ You are greater than all my regrets”
Jesus has a more powerful hold on your life than anything in your heart or your actions that you may regret.