SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR) - Every year volunteers serve their country by working with the Peace Corps. Now, one Springfield couple is joining the select group.
Meet Nathaniel and Rachael Sawyer. Nathaniel is from Shelby, Alabama and Rachael is from Harrisburg, Illinois. They are also both products of Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. The two met and bonded over their love of volunteering and their passion to become leaders that change the world. They also haven't wasted any time here on American soil, Nathaniel as a Corrections Officer in Polk County and a volunteer at at the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch. Between the two of them they've been to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the Philippines.
Their next stop with the Peace Corps in Ecuador. They both talked about what their life's work means to them. "I always wanted to serve my country so when I heard about the Peace Corps and I heard that you can serve your country in a way that you don't have to, not in violence but in peace, and that's my life," said Nathaniel Sawyer. "No matter what you're doing, when you're doing it for other people, when you're doing it to build up our world and other communities up, you never regret that," said Rachael Sawyer. "Those aren't the times that you wish you were doing something else."
The couple will leave for Ecuador in the next couple of months. The pair wants their story to remind everyone that every little bit of community service counts.