86 year old Marilyn Hickey in Lahore

Last month, a small, 86 year old woman  preached the Gospel to over a million people in Lahore.  Marilyn Hickey made such an impact that it came to the notice of even the main stream media.  American CBS TV sent a reporter to Pakistan and has aired a newscast – see at the link below –    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbsn-on-assignment-evangelist-marilyn-hickey-mission-muslim-world/)

Marilyn says she has no intention of slowing down.  ‘She is widely considered as the “Mom of Pakistan,’ reported a Christian magazine, ‘and has been granted incredible favour within the Muslim community.  Many Imams consider her one of their closest confidents.  She says that terrorists think she’s a stupid old woman, so they largely leave her alone and let her peach the gospel. She’s praying for more opportunities to meet with Imams in other Muslim-dominated countries.’   Read it at the link below –


Marilyn felt called to reach Muslim countries in 1995, particularly Pakistan. Five years ago, at the age of 81, 2330,00 people came to here her preach.

‘This is how I take retirement,’ she said,  ‘Retirement is doing what you like. So this is what I like. I like to do this. It doesn’t make you idle. It makes you supernatural.”

It seems to be an example of God’s special purpose for Marilyn at this precise age.  A younger woman in Pakistan probably wouldn’t be allowed to take such a prominent, public role.  It certainly suits her – better than Saga holidays any time!

Louise Morse

Louise Morse MA (CBT) is media and external relations manager for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society. She is a writer and speaker, and author of books on issues of old age, including dementia, published by Lion Monarch and SPCK. She is a cognitive behavioural therapist, and her Masters’ dissertation examined the effects of caring for a loved one with dementia on close relatives.

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