Reaching Hands was founded by Iris Paul over 50 years ago and is now run by her son Remo Paul, Executive Director, and daughter-in-law Dr. Susan Paul, Medical Superintendent. Their work focuses on reaching the villages in the district of Malkangiri in Orissa State, India, with the love of Jesus. They provide medical care and health education, and plant local village churches.
Jesus' Hand Uplifting People both Spiritually and Physically
As a young girl growing up in Chennai, India, Iris Walter knew that she wanted to be a Christian missionary. After completing medical school, she was married to Dr. R.A.C. Paul. He was another Christian with a heart for missions, so Iris moved from the city to join R.A.C. in the remote villages of Orissa state to do medical and other missionary work among tribal peoples. Dr. R. A. C Paul went to be with the Lord on September 30, 1986. Dr. Iris Paul continued her multifaceted services for well over 40 years. In 1987 her services were recognized by World Vision International and awarded her the “Robert Pierce International Award”.
To continue the ongoing work at Malkangiri the Reaching Hand Society (RHS) was formed. Reaching Hand stands for Jesus’ hand uplifting people both spiritually and physically. Now her son Ragland Remo Paul is the Executive Secretary and his wife Dr. Susan Sunalini Paul is the Medical Superintendent.
RHS has contact in over 700 villages out of 926 villages in the district of Malkangiri, Orissa. The population of Malkangiri is 610,000 and 58% of the population are tribal and 20% are Dalit or Scheduled castes, according to the 1991 census.