Happy Birthday, Anna!

29 03 2009



Anna’s Book Collection in Lynch, KY

27 03 2009

A group of youth and adults from Hurstbourne Bapt. Church in Louisville, our home church, is going to Lynch, KY for a mission trip this week.  As part of the project the church has collected a sizable number of new and used books for a literacy center there.  Timberley made a list of books that were Anna’s favorites.  While not all of the books given come from that list, it provided a good guide for the project.  I would really recommend this list to any parent or grandparent looking for good books for a young girl or boy to read.  Click on “Anna’s Favorite Books” at the top of this page.

I prepared a short document to be posted in the library that tells a little bit about who Anna is.  This is what I wrote:

Anna Christine Borger

March 29, 1999 – May 7, 2008



Anna Borger was born in Louisville, KY.  At the age of four she moved to the far-off country of Indonesia.  It became her home and she lived there until she went to be with her Lord at the age of nine.


Anna was a beautiful young lady.  She loved to dress up and pretend that she was a princess.  She loved music and drama and learned many Shakespeare speeches to act out in front of others.  Mozart was her favorite composer and she learned to play his music on the piano.  She had a beautiful singing voice and dreamed of playing the violin one day.


Anna loved spending time outside enjoying God’s creation.  She loved all of nature but had a special place in her heart for animals of all kinds.  Anna liked all of the normal animals like dogs and cats and hamsters.  But she also liked to collect large snails and millipedes and let them crawl on her arms.  She collected hairy caterpillars and watched them turn into moths and butterflies.  She loved to go out in the early evening and catch frogs.  Anna was the defender of all things living.


Anna also loved books.  She loved reading her Bible.  She loved books about horses.  She loved to read about Greek myths and Egyptian pharoahs. She loved the Narnia Chronicles and Nancy Drew mysteries.  Anna read hundreds of books in her short life.  If she had a perfect day it would be when she had time to sit and read for hours at a time.


Above all else, Anna loved Jesus.  She accepted Jesus as her Lord when she was five years old.  After that she began to read the Bible and she read all of it in the few years she had left.  Anna was very burdened about children that did not know Jesus and who grew up in difficult situations or broken homes.  She would pray at night for ther children at school that did not know her Lord or who didn’t have a very good home life.  When she was at school or on the bus she would share the truth about Jesus whenever she had the chance.


Books in this library have been donated in memory of Anna by members of Hurstbourne Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, where she was a member.  Alot of these books were her favorites and she read them several times over.  We hope that many children will enjoy the books and that they will develop the same love of reading that Anna had.  More than that, we hope that you will have the same love that she had for her Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapel at Southern, March 26

26 03 2009

I know this is last minute, but today at Southern Seminary’s chapel service at 10:00 AM I have been given an opportunity to share Anna’s story to the students and faculty of the seminary.  The president of the North American Mission Board will be preaching.

Attend if you can.  The seminary has links to all the chapel addresses on the school website, but I don’t think the testimony I will give will be included there.  Still, there are some great sermons and other lectures to be heard there.  Go to www.sbts.edu and click on Resources at the top of the page.

Anna Makes the Seminary News

26 03 2009

The latest edition of the campus newpaper, The Towers, had a nice story about the deaths of three children of former students.

You can read it here.

Anna’s Favorite Books

18 03 2009

I am posting above a page containing the list of books that Timberley put together.  These were the books that Anna read and read again.  A few (Shakespeare’s Complete Works) she only began to read, but the vast majority were one’s she enjoyed several times over.

I was talking to a friend at church this evening and commented that I did not remember Anna ever reading the Little House series.  My friend reminded me of something Timberley had told her, that Anna had started to read one of the books.  She stopped when a dog died and never picked up another one of them.  An author could get away with a lot with Anna, but you cross a line when you start messing with the animals!

Timberley put in a lot of work putting this list together.  It not only is a great memory of Anna for us, but I think it is a wonderful resource of good books for children and especially girls.  I notice that she added a brief section at the end of authors she recommends for boys.

Anna Library in Eastern Kentucky

16 03 2009

I have been away from the blog for a while.  Sorry about that.

Anna’s birthday is fast approaching (March 29) and then we have a short break until the anniversary of her death (May 7).  Not sure if this will be a good spring or not.  Seeing flowers coming up on the campus of SBTS has been bittersweet.  Hopeful?  Yes.  But somehow winter seemed to fit the mood better.

The people of Hurstbourne Baptist Church are working on a mission project in Lynch, KY.  They will be taking books to a library established to help children who are learning to read.  The library collection will be dedicated in memory of Anna.  The way I heard the story was that the missions group from the church had come up with the library idea before they went to survey the place.  When they arrived the woman showing them their facilities expressed a need for a collection of books for young readers.  She said this before anyone from our team had said anything about the library.  The church is working now at collecting books that will be taken out during spring break (the week of March 29).  Timberley put together a list of Anna’s favorite books as a guide  for those wishing to donate books.  Sunday ws the first time I saw the list.  I was quite impressed and proud of my daughter.  She was an amazing reader.  And her mother did a wonderful job of steering her and her brother to good books.  There was not much fluff in the book list.  Let me know if you want to see the book list.