Burdened by the desire to see underprivileged youth achieve their full destiny in life, President and Founder, Jose Domingos Novela stepped out to do something positive. He is running with the vision to help boys rise out of the trap of extreme poverty and hopelessness, becoming who they were created to be. To that end, he officially established SUNSHINE IRIS SOCCER ACADEMY in July 2015, which is experiencing growing success.
Over 300 indigent, yet talented youth (ages 12-19) participate in the academy. Currently, they are strategically training as well as competing against soccer teams in the city of Maputo and surrounding areas. These youths practice 3 afternoons per week and play other teams on weekends, diligently working to achieve excellence in their lives. In 2015, Sunshine Iris Soccer Academy won the Maputo Cup!
These youths are training to become professional athletes, and will receive education to acquire business and agricultural skills, or learn a vocational trade. With a comprehensive plan for development, the boys are being mentored and trained physically, mentally, and spiritually to become leaders and influencers within Mozambique and other nations.
Plans are underway to build a sports training facility for SISA on 30 acres of land north of Maputo, in Palmeira, Mozambique. Architectural plans have been drafted to build a sports complex, with a soccer stadium, youth dormitories, and an educational center—with plans for a dining hall and visitor center.
Jose Novela, also a pastor and known spiritual leader, believes that the proper spiritual environment is essential for total transformation for the boys. The foundation for the church on the Palmeira land, the first building to be constructed on the land, was recently completed. Additionally, a well has been dug and is operating for the entire complex, including an irrigational need for the agricultural component on the land..
Jose is a senior pastoral leader with Iris Global in Mozambique, overseeing many churches and regions. He has also partnered in missions with Frontline Ministries International (“FMI”) since 2003. Together we established “Linha da Frente” (Frontline in Portuguese), which umbrellas the SISA project and more.
We invite you to financially support this venture for personal transformation of underprivileged youth in Mozambique which will also bring societal transformation. Please click on Donate button below to give on-line. Frontline Ministries International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Payments are also welcome by check or money order to:
Frontline Ministries International
P.O. Box 581
Massillon, OH 44648
(Please include a note referencing “Linha da Frente Project”)