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They’re rugby boys, don’t you know?

By Natalie Vellacott
April 2015 | Review by Philip Grist
  • Publisher: lulu.com
  • ISBN: 978-1-291-87121-0
  • Pages: 150
  • Price: 0.99

Book Review

A challenging read! The author professed conversion at an early age, but fell away ‘in a dramatic fashion’. She lived a ‘party lifestyle’. After a long struggle, she came under intense conviction of sin and cried to the Lord for mercy. God planted true faith in her heart.

Having served for several years in the police force, a burden for mission was laid upon her heart and she applied for a two-year commitment on the Logos-Hope Christian missionary ship, which brought her to the Philippine city of Olongapo.

Here she came into contact with the ‘rugby boys’, addicted to solvent abuse. The glue was called ‘rugby’ and cheaply available. They were drop-outs from society, aged between 10 and 20. The boys lived under a bridge in the city and were known as ‘the dirty boys, always causing trouble’. The book is an account of her compassionate work amongst them.

On one hand we gain a vivid insight to the rottenness of unregenerate human nature caused by sin, while on the other we witness the compassion of the Saviour’s love shining through a life utterly consecrated to him.

In this moving account you will share in the joys as well as the sorrows of the author. Hopes raised and hopes dashed, encouragement and deep discouragement; the author doesn’t gloss over the failures and shares her feelings honestly.

She eventually returned to the Philippines in 2014 and serves with Christian Compassion Ministries, working among the homeless but also maintaining contact with the ‘rugby boys’. She has set up a Christian charity named Olongapo Christian Help and Hope.

Philip Grist
Abingdon

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