Mission in Focus is a captivating look at how God’s Kingdom is spreading throughout India.* This presentation incorporates visual depictions of our work with indigenous missionaries. It is intended both to inspire the soul and challenge your Christian walk.
* India is the world’s leader in Unreached People Groups.
Here’s what others are saying:
Arts Ministry Team, Lanesville Congregational Church, Gloucester, MA
Our church invited Carl to display his photography in our art gallery because he was local and we heard his work was inspiring. To our joy the room lit up with radiant colors as he captured his personal outreach to Indian culture with faces and stories of all walks of life, young and old. His travels to India, and Julie’s soon to be first trip, revealed personal stories that were dear to his heart. Carl works hard to make an impact on the needs he feels God has led him to serve in Hope Ascending while being in a relationship with local pastors there in prayer and sacrificial generosity. Thank you for your gifts and your passion, Carl! To God be the glory.
Senior Pastor, Gloucester Assembly of God
Carl has a longstanding and passionate commitment to God’s work in India. He has built a relational network with indigenous pastors. Together with them, Carl establishes strategic initiatives to support and empower indigenous ministries. One of the notable strengths of Carl’s ministry is his hands-on approach to working with Indian pastors. Carl has been making annual trips to India to meet with pastors and see their ministries firsthand, and I don’t see that changing. Carl ensures that ministry dollars are reaching their destinations and are being used for their intended purposes. As one who personally gives to this ministry, I feel confident that money I give is used specifically and effectively. We are proud to support Hope Ascending in our congregation.
Cape Ann Bible Church & Chair, Cape Ann Missions Coalition
Carl was the speaker/presenter at my church’s 2019 Missions Dinner. His vibrant photographs of people indigenous to India evoked fascination and compassion on the part of us viewers. We were mesmerized by his account of his work with Hope Ascending, the missional organization he founded. Carl truly “gets” the 21st century way of evangelizing via providing the resources which enable the native Christian leaders and pastors to reach their own people groups. By paying his own expenses, Carl uses every penny donated to provide tutoring centers, sources of clean water, health care and other vital necessities for life. Carl’s message is powerful and inspiring – an affirmation that given a heart for the Lord and the world’s children one person can have a huge impact.
Matthew 28:16-20 NIV
MISSION in FOCUS | Matthew 28:16-20.
“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Hi, my name is Carl Oulton. I grew up in a small New England fishing village called Rockport Massachusetts. After receiving my B.A. in Philosophy and English, I settled in Maryland for 25 years as a development officer at universities before returning to Rockport fifteen years ago with my family. I have three girls, all grown. My wife and I attend Gloucester Assembly of God. I have actively served in several ministry positions in my church, including as and elder. I received my Certificate of Ministry in the AG Church through the Berean School of Ministry. Eight years ago, I felt the call to go to India. I now work with a network of 50 pastors every year for two months in January and February. After taking the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course, I established a nonprofit called Hope Ascending to help raise funds for pastoral development, tutoring centers in slums, church planting, medical camps for poor migrant communities, and to purchase vehicles for young hard working, faithful pastors. We work to help pastors become self-sustaining and to carry the Gospel to specific Unreached People Groups throughout northen India. When I’m not in India, I’m running a house-painting business called “Just Call The Guy.” In this way, I’m able to pay 100% of my travel, lodging and personal expenses during these journeys, and I want to share my passion with your church body. Every dollar I raise is tax-deductible and goes to the field.
One-third of all unreached people groups in the world reside in one country: India.
You can help us change that.
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The apostle Paul lived c. 5 BC-AD 67. He traveled extensively throughout the Roman world, preaching and teaching. He also worked a day job. The man who wrote world-changing letters did so free of charge while earning money through manual labor.
This is the principle we are teaching to Indian pastoral leadership.