Natalie’s book, “They’re Rugby Boys, Don’t You Know?” is an excellent read. Natalie is a missionary to the Philippines whose life forever changed when she encountered street boys addicted to a glue solvent called rugby. To everybody else, these children were invisible and a lost cause, but by God’s grace, doors opened for Natalie, and her missionary friends, to befriend and minister to them. This book details the heartache and victories of that ministry.
To me, the best part of the book is getting to know the personalities and stories of the children. Even though invisible to others, through Natalie’s story you can see how important they are to God and how they bare His image. As you read, it is hard not to ask yourself, “How can I do more?” and “Would I really be willing to serve them?”
It reminded me of Christ’s challenge in Luke 14:13-14, “But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’” Natalie’s story is about reaching out to those man has rejected and who cannot repay us. It is a modern day Good Samaritan story. It is challenging, thought provoking, and inspirational. It is definitely worth purchasing. Plus all author royalites go to support her charity in the Philippines.