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NATALIE VELLACOTT: I COULDN’T LIVE BACK IN THE WEST

Natalie Vellacott released her first novel They’re Rugby Boys, Don’t You Know? in August. It’s a non-fiction story, which is taking place in Philippines. Don’t you know much about this part of the planet and how the life is rolling? Let’s get some clues in our next feature author interview.

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– What is your book They’re Rugby Boys, Don’t You Know? about?
– It is my true story detailing how I boarded the Logos Hope Missionary Ship in 2011 and was forever changed when, in the Philippines, I unexpectedly encountered and fell in love with a group of street teenage boys addicted to a solvent called “rugby.” The book details the highlights and lowlights, ups and downs, trials and tribulations, successes and failures of myself with other Logos Hope crew as we 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, but ultimately you will read of the changes in the lives of just a few of the boys who decided to leave the street and the solvents for better future lives. It goes without saying that these small changes made the heartache and struggles worthwhile. A true story of Christian hope being brought to the hopeless in the Philippines. . .
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