How We Got Here

The worldwide camp ministry of The Rawlings Foundation and Impact Youth Worldwide were the vision of its founder, Dr. John W. Rawlings. The original purpose of The Foundation was to help plant new churches and financially assist church building and expansion projects.

Dr. Rawlings’ vision began to broaden in the early days of the Foundation, and that was to establish a movement known as “The International Baptist Network.” This movement was to be a partnership of all like-minded pastors and missionaries, united to fulfill the Great Commission. This led Dr. Rawlings on a trip to the Philippines in 1977 with his son Herb to hold meetings with groups of local missionaries. Out of these meetings the Foundation’s first camp was established in the Philippines. Because of the success of this first camp, Dr. Rawlings became interested in the “10/40 Window,” an area that encompassed all of Asia. This led to the purchase of a camp in Japan and construction of our third camp in the country of Cambodia. The Highlands Camp Ministry is ever expanding. Since the home going of Dr. John, the Foundation’s ministry is now under the direction of his eldest son Herb.

The focus then expanded to building Bible Institutes and Seminaries at the various camps. As the result of the leadership of the late Dr. Rawlings, and now with its current director, Herb Rawlings, Impact Youth Worldwide is striving to make a deeper, lasting impact with the young people who have attended these camps by equipping them with resources such as Bibles, and making the Bible Institutes available so that they may further their knowledge of God’s word and help share with others the love of Christ.

Honor Our Founder

As a tribute to Dr. John Rawlings, the founder of The Rawlings Company and Impact Youth Worldwide, for a gift as little as $20.00, you can sponsor a young person to attend an evangelistic camp.

In return, at your request, you will be sent a copy of his biography, “The Lord is Not Through With Me Yet, the Story of Dr. John W. Rawlings,” by Kaitlyn O. Rawlings.

Help to keep Dr. John’s legacy alive and lasting. Dr. John participated in, spoke at, and sponsored countless church camps throughout his life. He recognized the success of church camps, and he personally witnessed the great number of young people that made decisions for Christ, and who made commitments to serve in full time ministry.

It was Dr. John’s desire that as many young people possible hear at a Highlands camp what Christ has done for them. Please help to achieve this lofty goal to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with thousands at each camp, to teach the campers about the free gift of salvation, and to prepare their souls for eternity.

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