But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:31 

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This is a verse that helped me when i was dealing with sickness 3 years ago. God was with me and my family when i went through a hard time in our first year of ministry in Coteana and using this verse i also prayed for Titina, a nice lady that recived the Lord Jesus as her saviour and got baptised in December.

As i previously wrote, she was fithing with cancer and also struggling to walk because she needs both hips replacement surgery.

During this period of chemotherapy, hospital visits we were praying together that God may touch her and heal her and i saw in Titina her faith growing, she was always positive, never complained (though she was in great pai), she was always trusting God and always smiling.

One day, when Titina was at the hospital for a check up, she called me and told me: God touched me and i am completly healed, they run some tests and they couldn't find any cancerous cells in my body! Praise Him!"

We cannot find words to thank Him for what He is doing in Titina's life! It is a great testimony also for the other people that ar3 coming regularly to our church meetings and they know Titina. She is a living testimony that God can heal and give peace during hard times.

Please continue to pray for Titina, as she is going to have her hip replacement surgery this month, that God may comfort her, touch her and strenghten her.

Also pray for the people who heard Titina's testimony that God will touch their hearts and saved them! Amen!

Samuel Ilies - PIEI Missionary


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This summer months we are doing some renovation work at the mission house (we are repalcing thr ceiling, build a kitchen and renovate the hall), therefore we are not able to have the curch program in the house but God privided for us a place where we can meet: at Titina's house. Even ig she has a small house she gladly gave us a room so we can meet on Sundays untill we finnish the work.

This past month we were able to visit some poor families from the village and share the good news with them, together with a mission team from Brasov. We were praying especially over one young girl and her boyfriend that live in one room, with no electricity and also expecting a baby. Please pray for them so that they will open their hearts to Jesus and also for us so we have wisdom to know how we can help them in their situation.

We have a busy summer ahead of us and we are hapoy that we have to opportunity to share the Gospel with teams and people that are coming in Coteana to serve the Lord. Please pray for protection over our family, strenght to do all the work we have planned and also for the people of this village as they are going to hear the Gospel, Jesus to touch their hearts.

Samuel Ilies - PIEI Missionary

Investing in children

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"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

There is a great honor in working with little children , showing them unconditionnal love and sharing the Gospel.

In the last few months there are 5 girls that are coming weekely to our house so that we help them with homeworks at English and French and also to our kids clud each friday.

Since there are not so many children, we were able to connect with this girls and create a wonderful relashionship. Almost all of these girls come from families with different problems like alchool, parents divorced or poverty. Through our weekly meetings we want to share the unconditionnal love of Christ with them. We pray together, we talk, we have fun so that they would feel welcomed as being part of our family. Their names are: Alexandra, Denisa, Bianca, Stefania and Georgiana

Please pray for them so that the Lord Jesus Christ would touch their hearts and save them. Pray that our time spent with them will be a quality time that will impact their future not only their present.

We believe that God has great tings to do through us and with these girls.

Thank you for your support in prayer!

Let the children come to God


In this Sunday, we had a special day, Jesus blessed children in His times, we are praying for children also that God will bless them, so we ask you to pray for this little baby, her name is Sofia, the little baby is the baby of o mom which was baptised few years ago, but she spent a lot of her time in her life away of God, pray for her mom and her daughter to be close to God and to have a relation with God.

On monday I was at Gena, she phone me crying because her housband had bloodsugar too low. I was visiting her immediately and we prayed together, and I read a psalm to encourage her."I think God is working in their lives but they are too confortable for His work"Pray that these people will understand God's will.

God is the provider


The month of December has a powerful meaning for us: this month we celebrate thr birth of Jesus Christ and we have the opportunity to share the good news of Salvation through many ways as special church programs, giving Christmas presents to children and help those is need.

With the help of some other believers from Ploiesti we got to go caroling to many people from Coteana. It was a priviledge to share the birth of our Saviour through carols and we were blessed to see people touched by the words, songs, there were people crying and saying that no one visited them during Christmas and we just bring them joy and hope. Some people came few days later to us to ask for cds with that kinds of music, because they were deeply touched.

"It is more blessed to give than to receive"

It is a great joy to be able to give to others in the name of Jesus, especially during Christmas. The main struggle of the needy people from Coteana is having firewood for the whole winter and many of them they don't affort to buy firewood as it is too expensive. It is sad to see widows or families with children that struggle to stay warm during the cold winter. If they don't have firewood they usually go on the fields to pick sunflower or corn sticks. But you can imagine that the sticks don't give so much heat as the firewoods, so we were more than happy to be able to bless 7 families with firewood. Through this given help, we want to show the love of Jesus Christ, we want to show them that they are loved and not alone during these hard times.

Please pray for those people to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and hope of their life. Pray also for us to be sesitive to the needs of people and to show them love agains all the difficulties encountered while sharing the Gospel.

Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers!!

God is Faithful

… "so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11


First of all I would like to thank God because He is faithful to His Word and for the work that He is doing through me, my family and our team here in the village of Coteana. I am saying this because one of my objectives of this year was to share the Gospel of Christ to the people from this village and so that we will have a baptism by the end of this year (I was praying for at least one person to commit his or her life to Jesus). Many times God surprises us by the way he answers our prayers: This past Sunday December 9th 2018 there was a baptism service at the Hope Church in Draganesti Olt and we are happy to share with you that one lady from Coteana was also one of the new believers being baptized.

Her name is Titina; we have met her this year, one year and a half after we moved to Coteana. Let me share with you how God worked in her life: Danut and Florina ( missionaries team workers) presented the Gospel to her and visited her many times . One day she was invited by them to attend a conference in Alba Iulia. Even though God searched her heart previously, that moment in Alba Iulia was a pivot point in her life when God opened her spiritual eyes and she accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of her life. After a few months she left to go to Italy for work. She came back in May this year and we started to visit her and her family, we prayed, talked about Jesus salvation and baptism. One day she came to us and told us that she would like to be baptized as a testimony that she wants to belong to Jesus for the rest of her life. We are so joyful that God touched this lady's heart because she went to difficult times: has a difficult financial situation, she is divorced and had to raise her children alone, and a few months ago she found out that she has cancer. Her situation, especially her illness made her to come closer to God. We pray that God will heal her body and that she will be a living testimony in for this community. For me it meant a lot to be part of this baptism as she is the first person which I baptized. It is an honor to work in the expansion of God’s Kingdom and to see, with my own eyes, how God is still changing lives! Thank you for your prayers!

Prayer requests:

  • For the people in Coteana, especially this month as we would like to go caroling and share New Testaments to the children's families (children that are usually coming to our kids club)

  • Pray for our son Dominic because he got sick 2 months ago and we were in the hospital with him for 2 weeks; since then he has up and downs, he has days when he is not feeling well

  • Pray for us as a family, so God can give us wisdom and vision as we would like to start working with youth from this community. We need wisdom to know how to approach them.

  • Pray for the people that are coming regularly to our church services ( one room house) so that they know Jesus as Lord and Savior.


    Samuel Ilies, PIE National Missionary - Romania

News from Coteana

This period was somehow busy and new for us as a family as our son, Dominic has been born and I’ve tried to be efficient in working for the Lord but also to learn how to face the challenges in having a baby.


This summer some people who hear the call of Jesus and are obedient to His call came and helped us to push the work forward. We praise God that together we had the opportunity to give a New Testament to almost every house in Coteana, we had special programs for the children, we did home visits and provided food for the poor people from the village and we shared the Gospel on the streets of this village. We believe that God is so faithful and He works in His ways and according to His timing and He will search the hearts of people so that they can be saved! We would like to ask you to pray for a lady that is coming to our church meetings regularly since last year. God searched her heart and she realized that she is a sinner in need of a savior, she expressed her desire of being baptized but she has second thoughts. Please pray for Celia to fully understand the importance of the baptism and to be devoted to Christ. We believe that God will answer our prayers!

Besides mission work, we were able to do some improvements to the mission house that we live in. This month we managed to demolish an old building from the yard. We praise God that finally this thing was possible, because it was a long process in obtaining the necessary paperwork for the demolition. We are happy that we have also replaced the entry door (the old one was not good and during the winter we had snow entering in the hall). We still have a lot of things to do before the winter, please pray that God will give us strength to not be discouraged and to give us strength and the necessary funds to renovate the old house.

Selimbar Mission School / Youth Ministry Coteana

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This month, through God's Grace, we were able to be part of a mission school in Selimbar, where we had a blessed time and had the opportunity to share with other missionaries our experience and the way God is working in Coteana.


 At the same time we were encouraged by the way God is working in different parts of the country. We thank God for this time, because we were able to have fellowship with Him and to strengthen our spirits.

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Another thing that we are grateful for is that we had the opportunity to take few teenagers from Coteana to a youth meeting in Draganesti-Olt, where they could learn about how they can have Jesus as a friend.

Please pray for them, so that God may touch their hearts so that they would desire Jesus as a friend.

God gave us  few days with nice weather so we could go out on the streets to share the Gospel with people from Coteana by giving them New Testaments. We met a man to whom we have shared the Good News and we also invited him to our Church meeting. God is faithful and keeps his Word, and we can only praise Him that the next Sunday this man came to our meeting, being deeply moved by the Word of God. 

Please pray for us that God may use us powerfully in this place and that He search the hearts of people! Be blessed!

Firewoods for Poor Families

This month God has blessed us with a donation in order to buy firewood for six poor families from Coteana. One of these people is a widow with health isues where I went to help her cracking and depositing the firewood and on this occasion I had the opportunity to share the Gospel.

Please pray for all these people, so that they can see how God is working in there lives and how He loves them and provides their needs.

During this time we started a demolition project for an annex from our yard, so we can have access to the garden and to have more space in the yard.

We praise God and we are thankful that we had no problems in obtaining the permission.

Starting this month God made possibly to go to a young man's grandparents from Hope church to share the Gospel. His parents are in Spain at work, and this young man is living together with his grandparents and his brother. We went to visit them and share the Gospel. So, pray that this young man to be a light for his grandparents and by God willing the seed of the Gospel to bare fruit in their hearts.

We thank you for your support in prayer. God Bless You!

Celebrating the Birth of Jesus


This month, among the ordinary activities we had some special events through whom God used us and we trust that He worked in the hearts of the people: in Coteana, in  the beginning of the month we had an evangelistic event, where new people attended and we are happy that they heard the Gospel, please pray for them that the Holy Spirit will search their hearts. This month, i had the opportunity of spending more time with Alex, the teenager that i disciple and I've observed how God is searching his heart when we have Bible study. Please pray that he will be born again.

As December is a special month, when people are more open, through the Grace of God and with the support of some people, we organized a trip for the children from Coteana to Craiova.


 The children enjoyed the Christmas lights, they had the opportunity of riding electric cars for children and they ate delicious food (for this children, this trip meant a lot, because most of them never had the opportunity of having a trip of travelling in other places). 

By God's Grace and with the special occasion of The Celebration of Jesus birth, God lead us into having a special Christmas lunch withe the people that are coming to the weekly meetings: we had a blessed fellowship, people received gifts and they were deeply moved by the warmth that they felt.

We pray that through all this things may God bring fruits and to Him be the Glory! 

Have a blessed year with Jesus Christ!

November 2017


This summer we’ve started the renovation work at the house we live in, our desire was to build a bathroom before winter. We’ve seen how God has been working and even when we were out of money and materials, He kept His promises and once again He showed us His kindness by sending the right people at the right moment to help us build the bathroom. Only by God’s help and grace we managed to finish the bathroom this month! God sent us among people and because we want to know them more, spend time with them, this month we started weekly meetings where we have special fellowship: everybody has the chance to share their problems, blessings and moments of joy, we pray for one another, we listen testimonies that encourage us to love God more and of course we serve tea and cookies. We praise God that He is using these meetings to work in people’s hearts. Please pray for us that God will give us wisdom and grace in everything that we do and also for the people


October 2017

This month, we had the opportunity to be helped in the ministry, by another missionary and together we have visited a group of people from the village in order to encourage them, share the good news of salvation and pray with them. In one of the lady's house we had the chance to evangelize her son in law and God touched him and he came to our church meetings few times.


We pray that God will search his heart and to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

At the end of the month we have celebrated in the harvest day with thanksgiving: we had a special guest which shared the Word of God and his testimony and people were deeply moved. After the church service we had a fellowship with cookies and we had the opportunity to talk with people in order to know them better. One of my goals is to connect with the teenagers and youth from this village and try to make a youth group: in the summer we met Alex, a teenager, and this month we invited him to our house to spend time together and know each other better.

 I was amazed on how God is working and he started to visit us more often and he came also to our church meetings, please pray for him.