Matt and Brecka Arnett lived in Uganda from October 2008-May 2010. In that time they saw the love that Ugandan’s have for soccer and the need for improved education in the communities. While living in Uganda they opened a tutoring and reading center in their garage. They also invited neighborhood kids to play soccer. In May 2010, Rising Star was born, combining the two loves.
In May 2015 the Arnett’s with their two children (Jacob and Parker) moved back to Uganda, where they lived for four years, helping develop the staff of Rising Star so that the ministry can be run by locals. This approach is much more effective in presenting the gospel. The message is coming from the community; people who have direct everyday relationships with the children and families we serve.
In the summer of 2019, the Arnett’s moved back to the US where they continue to encourage and pour into the local staff who are carrying out the mission of Rising Star.