Christian Biography: They're Rugby Boys, Don't You Know?

by Natalie Vellacott (Author), Lauren Densham (Illustrator), Jenny Oberst (Editor)



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An inspirational true story detailing how a Christian Police Sergeant from England joined the Logos Hope Missionary Ship and was forever changed when, in the Philippines, she unexpectedly encountered and fell in love with a group of street teenage boys addicted to a solvent called "rugby." The author details the highlights and lowlights, ups and downs, trials and tribulations, successes and failures of the small team as they defied local attitudes to slowly and carefully befriend this sidelined and often detested minority.

You will read of hospital visitations, breaches of trust, criminal activity, gang fights and numerous disappointments.

Did their intervention make any dfference? Were the heartaches and struggles worthwhile? The answer may surprise you...

"As I approached the bridge leading back to the Logos Hope ship, I saw a lone figure standing in the shadows watching the people walking past. He was unsteady on his feet and rocking backwards and forwards holding a plastic bag in his hand. As I moved nearer, I saw it was Mark. He ran away when he saw me and tried to hide but didn’t get very far and so he sat on the ground, behind a large pillar, in the shadows, breathing heavily. I sat beside him on the ground, which was dirty and really stank, and when I put my arm around his shoulders I smelt the intoxicatingly strong smell of the solvent.

The boys had recently stopped taking “rugby” and had moved on to a door sealant called “Vuca Seal” which was stronger. It was all over him and he reeked of it. I covered my nose. I remember this was the only time where the thought ran through my mind that I could see how addiction to this smell was created because it was really intoxicating. I knew I needed to be careful not to breathe much of it in, but Mark was really very high. He was vacant and staring ahead, and then he began crying again as I tried to talk to him. I asked him why he was doing this to himself and what was it that had made him so unhappy, but he didn’t answer.

Mark got up and stumbled away as I watched him go. I followed and tried to talk to him again, sharing a bit of my life before I became a Christian and how miserable I had been. His hopelessness reminded me of my old life when I was immersed in drink, gambling and meaningless relationships. I knew Mark was listening as I shared the hope that I had found in Jesus with him, but he didn’t respond. Eventually, I had to leave him, alone and staring vacantly ahead of himself hanging over a railing. I was really worried that he wouldn’t make it through the night if he took any more solvents...."

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Reviewed By Valerie Rouse for Readers' Favorite; Review Rating; 4 Stars...

This is an inspiring story about youth evangelism. The Author gives an account of her encounter with boys who lived on the streets in the Philippines.

She was a crew member on the Logos Hope ship which distributes Christian books and literature. After setting up a book table on the bridge in Subic Bay, she met these street boys who hung out around the bridge. They were called "rugby boys" because they regularly abused household glue known as rugby.

Unfortunately, when inhaled, this solvent would suppress their hunger pangs. Inevitably, this could lead to permanent brain damage if left unchecked. Natalie grew to love the boys and did her best to rehabilitate them. Her hard work paid off and this outreach became her mission after her tenure on the Logos Hope was finished.

This is a true personal account of faith in action. The Author was a faithful steward of God in her outreach. I loved the fact that she thoroughly described the emotional impact of her actions. The highs and the lows she was experiencing as she bravely persevered really showcased her humane outlook.

The language used in the book is semi-formal as it reflects the serious nature of drug abuse. It is quite ironic that, as an outsider, the author felt a kinship with the vulnerable youths, whereas the locals practically ignored them. This book really encourages us to look within. This touching novel does not need photos to create a lasting impact.

It has the theme of good overcoming evil. The use of bold subheadings for the chapters spurs the reader on to galvanize his thoughts. I applaud the author for her sincerity and acts of good will. I recommend this book to all readers.

About the Author

Natalie is a Christian Missionary working with street people in the Philippines. Her inspirational true story "They're Rugby Boys, Don't You Know?" relates to her encounter with a group of solvent addicted street teenage boys in the Philippines. Natalie also served as a Police Officer in the UK Police Force for 10 years and she still enjoys watching police and crime drama series on TV. You can visit Natalie and learn about her charity supporting her work.

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