A future for the children in Liberia, a model for the developing world.
Bringing hope and opportunity to communities in developing countries through Christ-honoring educational programs that target the spiritual, relational, and economic needs of the community.
IEI and IEL
Innovative Education International (IEI) was established in 2015 as a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Innovative Education Liberia (IEL) is our local NGO partner operating the program in Greenville, Sinoe County. IEL has nine dedicated national staff.
“Challenge the Mind, Shape the Heart, Engage the Hands” describes the components of our educational program to help Greenville once again thrive as a community.
As our model proves itself in Greenville, we will expand to other counties in Liberia. One day we hope to establish other international NGOs such as IES (Sierra Leone), IEZ (Zambia), and IEH (Haiti).
Samuel Morris Story
The power of education in a young person’s life is beautifully illustrated by the story of Samuel “Kaboo” Morris. Kaboo was the son of a Kru chief in southern Liberia, and in 1891 he miraculously found his way to America. His story includes a remarkable escape from the hands of an enemy tribe, learning from missionaries at a coffee plantation, and a harrowing journey to America aboard a merchant sailing vessel. A divine encounter in New York City brought him to Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a small institution deeply in debt and struggling for survival.
Morris was a humble man who had developed a deep faith in God and a passion for learning. He had a profound effect on the Taylor student body. Tragically, he died of a respiratory illness during his second winter on campus. However, in those 18 months, he greatly impacted the school and the city of Fort Wayne. It was a racially divided America, and the funeral of this young black man was reported to have drawn the largest funeral attendance in the history of the city. Pamphlets and books were written about his life, and money started pouring in to the University. The school survived to become the thriving institution that it is today.
Morris’s plan to return to his homeland to teach his people was never realized. IEI is fulfilling Morris’s dream by taking his story to children and youth throughout Liberia as a source of hope and inspiration. We believe Samuel Morris is on his way to becoming a national hero in this country that so desperately needs positive role models.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe God loves all people. Every individual has infinite value. God has a special place in His heart for the poor and the needy. We believe salvation and life change are found in Jesus Christ.
We respect those who believe differently, and we will not impose our beliefs on anyone. We gladly work with all who seek to bring hope and opportunity to struggling communities around the world.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God; that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His death on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His coming return in power and glory; that lost and sinful people are saved through faith in Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit who indwells each believer; in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the saved to everlasting life and the lost to an eternity apart from God.
God’s grace and favor extends to all. “I will bring your children from the east, and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’ Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:6-7