Caleb Good News Ministries was a Christ-centered, charitable, non-profit organization. All personnel were volunteers.  Caleb was located in Seattle, Washington.  Nearly every month donations from many sources shipped directly to villages, orphanages and hospitals in Romania and other third world countries.  Warm clothing and shoes, nutritional supplements to the malnourished, non-perishable foods and groceries, medicines (over the counter and prescription drugs), health care supplies, toys, household supplies, blankets and sleeping bags, household goods, and tools were given freely to the many peasants, villagers, elderly, orphans, street children, homeless adults and schools. 

After decades of work for our Lord, Caleb's director, pastor and our friend, Jerry Riess, went to be with our Savior.  In November, Caleb's board of directors voted to dissolve the corporation and the organization ceased all operations on December 31, 2022.























































was held on December 10th at 11:00 a.m. at
the Highline Christian Church in Burien, WA.

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November 8, 2022 - Caleb Board Announcement

Over the past week the board for Caleb Good News Ministries has been discussing the future of the ministry knowing that Jerry had hoped there would be a successor to take over Caleb.  Unfortunately a successor was not to be found.  Thus with the passing of Jerry onto the Lords kingdom, the board of directors has discussed and voted to dissolve the not-for-profit organization.  With that said, we wanted to hold one final packing party to celebrate this great ministry, and to give us all one more chance to serve and fellowship knowing that he is in a better place.   There will surely be a story or two as we reminisce during this gathering. 

Regarding clothing donations, we are still gathering a few items for packing the boxes at the packing party.  Any additional clothes and food items we are not able to ship will be donated to a local charity. 

Regarding financial donations, Caleb will continue to accept monetary donations through December 15th.  We currently do not have enough funds to send the anticipated number of boxes for the final shipment.  However we are trusting God will provide.   In the event we are able to cover the shipping costs, the remaining funds will be donated to a local church or charity to be determined by the board.  

Final Shipping Party -  November 25th, 10 AM, Caleb House,  16514 4th Avenue S, Burien, WA.

Final Day for financial donations - December 15th

Notice - November 2, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


It is with much sadness and heaviness of heart that I write this to inform you all that my father, Jerry Riess, passed away the morning of October 23, 2022.  He died peacefully in his sleep, and woke up in the arms of his personal Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


I am sorry that I have to convey this message to all of you, but we can rejoice in the fact that my father is no longer feeling any pain or sorrow, but is now rejoicing and celebrating in the throne room of God.


There will be more information to come on the Memorial for my father. We are hoping to have a Celebration of Life sometime in December.


We can also rejoice in the knowledge that Caleb Good News Ministries impacted so many lives for the purpose of bringing the Gospel of Christ to nations across the world, and to show His love for all people in all nations, and to bring salvation and redemption to others in all stages of life around the world.


Thank you all for the love you have shown my father. He was loved by many and was so grateful for the valuable friendship he shared with you all. Blessings to you for the love you gave to my father.


Your Sister In Christ,

Maria Magee





Caleb House Update

Caleb shipped 372 boxes to The Philippines in 2022. Half were food and rice; half contained clothing, medical supplies, school supplies, theological book treasures, and household goods. 634 boxes shipped  in 2021.  506 boxes were shipped in 2020.   In 2020, we provided grants to overseas affiliates for food and family funeral services of Caleb workers of $18,305.59.  Caleb issued increased grants of $21,680.95 in 2021, primarily for rice and food for elderly and orphans in Africa and The Philippines.  final donation of all funds remaining after the final shipment was donated to World Vision. Remaining foodstuffs, tables, and shipping supplies were donated to other local charities.




The latest book on Caleb Ministry, "Joy Comes In The Morning Along The Chorba Trail" is now available at Caleb House or online from Amazon Books, at Barnes and Noble and other book stores.

Jerry Brian Riess


Every  month volunteers packed and shipped materials to the far corners of the world:  Malawi, Kenya, the Philippines and to Caleb Church at Partos, Romania. 

See pictures of Caleb volunteers at work...


Caleb has been asked for the following items by churches and/or villages:
· Medications—over-the- counter medications/half used medicines
  (call Jerry Riess at 206 242 4264 to verify usefulness).
· Clothing—Linens, cloth, light weight summer clothing, shoes
  (especially flip-flops), winter clothing, & larger sized clothing.
· Romania is seeking heavier clothing and donations of food items to minister
  to the poor in south Serbia.
· Baby blankets & quilts
· Food—rice, beans, Spam, canned meats of any kind.
  Velveeta cheese, canned cocoa, and powdered milk
· Musical Instruments (small)—accordions, harmonicas, violins, keyboards, etc.
· Hygiene items—tooth-brushes, travel-sized scented soaps, shampoo,
  toothpaste, and bandages Bibles—and books on scripture, study Bibles.

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Caleb Affiliate Program

Wishing to foster the Spirit of The Word of God, Caleb Ministries extends encouragement to like-minded ministries throughout the World, encouraging the undertaking of programs which reach otherwise hidden peoples who do not have access to evangelism, ministry, or basic necessities of life. The Caleb Good News Ministries seeks to affiliate with Bible believing, born again, churched, and spirit-filled believers desiring to serve others, without reward or personal recognition.  Recognizing that true Faith is a relationship with Jesus and a belief in the truths of The Word of God, we invite those bodies of believers of like-mind to affiliate with our ministry in reaching others that none be left behind!  

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Newest Caleb Affiliate - Liberia!
Our newest affiliate is “International Disciple Training Academy"

Situated between The Gold Coast (Cote’ d’Nore), and Sierra Leone, The International Disciple Training Center has completed application to become the 18th African Caleb training Center. With 48 churches, they have proudly established outdoor billboards across their country, proclaiming how they are linked to Caleb Ministry of “Burien USA." In their own words, “Covenant kingdom apostolic family greetings from us, your extension family of Liberia. We are indeed honored and grateful to have heard from you with those powerful encouraging words, indeed, that is now covenant kingdom family duties to encourage each other especially in times like these when the world is going the wrong direction instead of the direction of Christ, thanks thanks and thanks a million for such an incredible and wonderful encouragement words in Jesus name, amen (Romans 8:28 and Psalms 133:1-3 and Hebrews 10:25) “

    Caleb also assists many ministries throughout
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The Bible Foundation, a nonprofit corporation out of Oregon has chosen Caleb ministries to receive Bibles and Bible texts. The Foundation encourages people to donate books and Bibles that are not being used in order to redistribute them to those in need. We receive boxes of Bibles from them several times a month and sort through to decide where to send them. The Bibles come in various languages; some are study Bibles and others are children's. Through the generosity of this wonderful ministry we have been able to send literally hundreds of Bibles to seminaries, Bible colleges, churches, villages, and individuals. Through the use of M-bags media mailing privileges at the post office, we have shipped bags to Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Québec, Romania, Moldova, and the Philippines


Read about other Caleb ministry partners throughout the world...


Caleb continues to sponsor monthly free medical clinics in Nigeria, Togo, The Cameroons, and The Philippines, along with  continuing our daily and monthly clinics in Petrosani, Braila and Bucharest, Romania. Our affiliates now extend to Liberia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, The Philippines, Belize, Honduras, Thailand, Malaysia and Maramar (Burma).  Local Services and goods are provided by Caleb Ministries to Light Under the Bridge street ministry, The Cross Church, House of Mercy and other programs.

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