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Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. - International Missions Department
Haywood Mission Institute is a Christian institution which was founded in 1931 by Mrs. Manogna (M.C.) Bennette of the Vai ethnic group: who was taken away from Liberia at a very young age as a slave to the United States of America.
Mrs. Bennette grew up in the bowels of slavery, married, bore and reared her children, and became a devout Christian.
Mrs. Bennette, a former slave, had a burning desire to one day return to her native land-Liberia to contribute to her people. In 1931 Mrs. Sarah Barclay, wife of former Liberian president Arthur Barclay, went to the United States of America. During this visit to the U.S.A. Mrs. Bennett had the opportunity to meet and explain to Mrs. Barclay the conditions under which she was brought to the United States. Following this meeting, negotiations for her return to Liberia were implemented, resulting in her return to Liberia and being reunited with her parents, who were Vai Tribe in South-West Liberia. The Haywood Mission Institute would later be founded on land Mrs. M.C. Bennett donated to the organization from the inheritance she received through her Liberian family. Mrs Bennett and Mrs Barclay were early members of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
Since its inception, the Haywood Mission Institute has been molding the minds of young Liberians and foreign residents. HMI prepares students to become highly trained, productive, patriotic citizens and future leaders. HMI This institution is one of the oldest and most reputable educational institutions in the Republic of Liberia. The school was named Haywood in honor of Bishop G.T. Haywood, a renowned African American preacher of the Gospel, and founder of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Incorporated, who devoted his entire life to the welfare of humanity.
Recently the institution has expanded its campus and facilities so Liberian students will have a learning atmosphere in line with National Liberian standards.
The institute runs both a primary and secondary school. Haywood Mission Institute (HMI) is known as a credible school with quality education and discipline. Enrollment consists of 1100 students. The administration strives to present to its students modern technology, equipment, and materials needed for a superior learning experience.
Bishop Leo Simpson oversees the operation of Haywood, serving as the school's administrator/principal. His wife Dr. Myra Simpson provides valuable assistance and leadership. Bishop Simpson is a native of Liberia. In addition to his role as administrator for Haywood Missions Institute, he also serves as the administrator of other P.A.W. properties in Liberia and as the Bishop of the 35th Episcopal District of the West African Council, for the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
The classroom teachers and staff are qualified facilitators who believe in educational excellence and Christian principles.
Haywood Mission Institute's parent company is the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Incorporated(PAW). Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III is the CEO/Presiding Bishop of the organization. The International Missions Department of the PAW, oversees the school's administration. District Elder Gregory Irvin, Sr. serves as the President of the International Missions Board of Directors.
The Haywood Mission Institute is funded by student tuition, donations, and PAW allotments.
Charles H. Ellis III
Gregory Irvin , Sr
Bishop Leo Simpson
Dr. Myra Smpson
Bishop G.T. Haywood
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