Ronald and Jean Riess
The Riess family shares their story: We lived in northeast Brazil for three years as Peace Corps workers. We are fluent in the Portuguesse language, the people and their culture are no longer foreign to us. We established a rapport which enables us to communicate more effectively. We specifically chose to work in Natal, Rio Grand to Norte, Brazil. The city is a progressive and growing city with an excellent system of transportaion and communication. The atmosphere of change makes it easier to accept the new idea of Christ. Of all the major cities of the northeast we felt most at home in Natal. It became our home and an opportunity to go into the world for Christ.
The Brazilian is open and easy to become acquainted with. He isn't satisfied with his old religion, Roman Catholicism, and yet is aware of his spiritual reality. He is thus searching -- a great opportunity for mission work. Over thirty percent of Brazil's 100 million people live in the northeast and there was not one Christian missionary there. The northeasterner is a very transient person. He will carry Christ to the uttermost parts of Brazil.
Ronald Ray Riess was born January 6, 1943 in Washington, Iowa. His father Ivan Riess was a Christian minister. Ron graduated from high school at Pontiac, Illinois. He took 4 years of training at Lincoln Christian College, Lincoln, Illinois and received the BA degree. He also took the year of graduate work at Lincoln Christian Seminary. He did intern work at Rocky Mt. Christian Mission; Go Ye Chapel,New York, N.Y.; Brazil Christian Mission, and served three years with the Peace Corps in Brazil. He also served as a preacher in Illinois.
Mrs. Jean Louise Brown Riess was born June 20, 1949 at Paris, Illinois. She graduated from high school at Paris, Ill. and took two years of training at Milligan College, Johnson City, Tennessee. She married Ron on August 22, 1969 at Nevins Christian Church, Paris, Ill. She shared in the Peace Corps service in Brazil and Peni Que Riess was born March 2, 1973 at Tiangua, Ceara, Brazil. Jean shares her husband's conviction: "Because of our Christian upbringing and our Peace Corps service in Brazil we were prepared to return as missionaries and to effectively serve Christ in that capacity."