With only $1.65 in his pockets, a few textbooks, and a strong belief in God’s call on his life, Laurence boarded a train bound for Piney Woods, Mississippi, and his new mission in life.
Laurence founded and began teaching three students outside at Piney Woods Country Life School.
In fact, in 1918, Laurence was not only able to survive a near-lynching but he was also successful in convincing the all-white mob to collect money to donate to the Piney Woods School.
Laurence’s excellent ability to fundraise is what kept the Piney Woods School from having to close its doors.
Many teachers from around the country were soon visiting the Piney Woods School to witness the amazing work that Laurence and Martha were doing together.