“A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination.But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” ― Nelson Mandela
“As I looked around at the faces of the volunteers as they dug latrines, or put oil on foot wounds, or taught in the computer lab, I realized they were in essence storing up ‘good vibes’ to help them navigate the murky waters young adults often face. They may never return to the Rising Star campus, but they will take with them its positive impact! I have never talked to a Rising Star volunteer who hasn’t been excited about their time in India—last year or six years ago—the mention of Rising Star always brings enthusiastic bursts and exclamations, never mediocre or negative comments. I am personally acquainted with a young man who registered for an online dating service and after reading numerous profiles his attention was drawn to one profile because the registrant mentioned she had volunteered with Rising Star. As he told me later, he wanted to know her better mainly because she was associated with Rising Star.
Volunteers wrap up their stay at Rising Star and then scatter throughout the world to homes, educational facilities, missions, etc. BUT what they learn while they are at Rising Star—the glimpses they had into how lives really can change and how alike we are as human beings—these things accompany them wherever they go. They are like welcome traveling companions of hope and love.
In this age of cynicism and doubt, Rising Star is an organization that can be trusted. Its ideals and mission are a message to a weary and jaded world that service is meaningful, that each life has value, and that the world can really become a better place to live.”
“The Rising Star Outreach team on the ground in India is remarkable. From these dedicated individuals I have witnessed powerful examples that have touched and inspired me. On my most recent visit to our operation in Tamil Nadu I experienced the humility, devotion, sacrifice, service, global awareness, integrity, faith, and vision of these committed servants and leaders. They love what they do and even more so, they love those they are serving. Their passion for this work is rivaled only by their compassion for the people they are laboring to lift and bless. It was a humbling experience for me to see such commitment and love.
Life in India is so vastly different from life in the United States, and yet, when you spend time on the Rising Star campus and working with Rising Star in the colonies we serve, the world becomes a much smaller place. You start to recognize that we truly are one global family with obligations to lift and to serve one another, and with opportunities to have our lives changed as we do so. There is so much good to be done in this world, so many smiles to share, so many reasons to rejoice. Rising Star Outreach has given me a new perspective on life, humanity, and the impact for good I can have in this world.”