Daily Topic for November 03, 2011
The word “husband” indicates that he is a caretaker, and his role is to help others grow and thrive. All of us have a legacy of what happens to those we influence after we pass on. Notice the legacy that RAC Paul had! His love and nurture of his wife, (along with the tenacity she was given by the Holy Spirit) helped her to do what she does today.
Pray that the Lord will help you to nurture others to be all they can be for the Lord’s Kingdom.
“If I could get a confident girl like her for my wife, she would be a great help to my work,” mused RAC Paul, as he watched Iris Walter leave a church service on her motor scooter. This strong-willed woman convinced her parents that RAC was her man. They married in 1972, and began their ministry in Orissa.
The couple labored among the Koya people. Eventually, they both felt the call to go to the Bondo tribe, but IMS had no work going on among them. So they started to work with the India Evangelical Mission (IEM) in 1973. RAC’s health deteriorated, and he spent his final years doing Bible translation work for the Bondos.
After her husband died, Iris decided to buck the cultural norms of India that limits widows. She now inspires widows to make the most of their lives. Iris came to the realization that it is even better to prevent disease than to merely treat it. The people needed clean water projects and vaccinations. In order to protect themselves from being cheated in the marketplace, they needed to learn math and reading skills. To this day, Dr. Iris is directing Reaching Hand Society (http://www.indiapartners.org/partners/rhs.php) to help tribal people to help themselves in these areas.
(Taken from Pioneering on the Pinda, by Beulah Wood and Lalitha Chellappa, 1998).
Pray for more laborers for Reaching Hand Society as they continue their work in Orissa. Pray for Iris to be directed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Pray for the Bondos and Koyas to join the work.