God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV)
We are called into fellowship? Can you imagine the Lord calling US to fellowship? We usually feel as though we are calling upon Him for fellowship. But God loves fellowship with us.
One morning I was lying in prayer on my couch, I was telling the Lord what a privilege it is to live for Him. He spoke to me and said, “You don’t live for me, you live with me. We live together, and we are seated together in heavenly places. We meet together in daily fellowship when we join in prayer.”
When we pray to the Father, both Jesus and the Holy Spirit pray with us. They intercede for us as we fellowship together.
We are never alone because He is Jehovah-Shammah—the Lord Who is present. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Why? Because He has called us into this fellowship.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to live in continual fellowship with You on a day-to-day basis. Thank You that the Fellowship of Jesus is sweet. Thank You that we walk daily in newness of life. Thank You that we walk daily in the Spirit and in fellowship with Your Son.
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from His love? And fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Philippians 2:1
The travelers arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Friday, October 12, safe and sound.
After getting a good night’s sleep and enjoying a leisurely breakfast, they met for a private meeting of praise and worship, prayer, orientation, and teaching by Marilyn. She talked about her miracle pregnancy as well as other miracles in the Bible, including the multiplication of the fish and loaves. The group watched the video of the 2016 Pakistan meeting where a million people attended, and Marilyn prayed for their hands to be anointed to impart miracles and healing to those they would touch at the first healing meeting in the evening.
The healing meeting was in Sharjah, another emirate. There are seven emirates, and the travelers will visit three with this trip.
There were many nationalities present at the healing meeting. The attendees were people from many congregations who came together to hear a word from Marilyn. The worship combined songs in Urdu, the language of Pakistan, and English. After worship, Marilyn spoke on miracles and healings, both in the Bible and personal testimonies. She asked people who had been sick with any ailment for over 20 years to stand, and prayed for them. She prayed against growths, tumors and warts. She talked about how God healed the hand of the war hero from Eritrea, increasing the faith of all who heard. She also prayed for back pain and for those who were married and wanted babies. Many responded, and quite a number of folks testified of their healings.
The travelers returned to the hotel full of faith for the next evening’s meeting.
After breakfast on day two, the travelers were delighted to be welcomed by Sarah, who had arrived in the wee hours of this morning. Following praise, worship, and prayer points, Sarah inspired the group as she talked about the Holy Spirit, encouraging them to drop the “the” in front of Holy Spirit. She spoke right to the heart with her message and encouraged everyone to develop a relationship with Him. She stressed that He’s with us, whether we feel His presence or not. The travelers were excited to hear that she would be speaking at the healing meeting that night.
The group embarked on their first half-day tour of Dubai, visiting the old and then the new. For the old, they visited the Dubai museum, located in the ancient fortress of Al-Fahidi. There were many fascinating artifacts to look at, as well as jewelry and videos of how the craftsmen made their goods and products. Then the travelers were wowed in the modern section by the impressive architecture. Everyone had some time to shop in the gold and spice markets, or souks (pronounced shooks), before heading back to the hotel.
After a short rest at the hotel, the group was off to the second healing meeting at the same venue.
After praise and worship, Sarah spoke on the healing anointing being on us even when we don’t feel like it, referencing John 8 and 9. She ministered to individuals in the congregation through words of wisdom and knowledge, and prayed for an Isaac anointing for all. Sarah exhorted the audience to focus on the purpose, and not the cause, of the healing that is needed. She reminded everyone that healing does not always come the same way—it could come instantly, it could come over time. But, the purpose of healing is always to glorify God. She prayed for eyes, back problems, and ended by praying for God to pour out His love in everyone’s hearts.
The travelers returned to the hotel exhausted but energized in their faith.
On day three, the Marilyn Hickey team met for a private meeting of praise and worship, prayer, and teaching by Sarah. She showed everyone a moving Saving Moses video, and shared on Luke 8, the parable of the sower. She taught that the seed always works, but it’s the ground—our hearts—that has the potential to be a problem if we’re experiencing a challenge. She talked about the road, the rocks, and the thorns, and ended by praying for everyone’s hearts, that they will all be fruitful. The travelers warmly received Sarah’s words of knowledge and wisdom.
After the morning meeting, the group embarked on a tour of Abu Dhabi, visiting the Yas Mall and saw the impressive buildings and structures in the city. The morning ended with a tour of the Grand White mosque. When you travel within the emirates, there are no signs indicating that you’re leaving one emirate and entering another. The tour guide explained that the pavement color changes from emirate to emirate—one darker, one lighter.
Some facts the travelers learned from their guide:
• The seven emirates were founded in 1971, and there are 1 million locals, and 8 million foreigners living and working there. Three million of the foreigners living there are Indian, Pakistani, and Filipino.
• Oil (of course) is the main industry in Abu Dhabi, the capital, and tourism, finances and real estate are the main businesses in Dubai.
• The UAE is bordered only by Saudi Arabia and Oman.
• The country is very safe, with a very low crime rate.
• Abu means father and Dhabi means gazelles (and they once had many gazelles there), so it was named “father of many gazelles.”
• Dubai means locusts. Guess what was plentiful there at one time?
• Abu Dhabi has camel races, and Dubai has horse races.
• 2018 is the hundredth year of the reign of the first president, so his face is everywhere you look. He has always been very revered.
• The president of the UAE must be of royal blood.
• In the 22 Arab countries, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the richest, with oil and natural gas being the main industries, respectively.
• UAE wants to be the best, the fastest, the highest, etc. in everything. Here are some of their records:
• Fastest roller coaster
• Slowest roller coaster
• Biggest chandelier
• Tallest building (in Dubai), and they are in the process of building a taller one
• Heaviest ring, which you can see at the gold souk
• Biggest manmade island
• Biggest carpet in the world, weighing 5 tons
The travelers found the white mosque to be impressive, with all the inlaid pearls, gold, marble floors, and sparkling chandeliers. The women had to cover their hair completely, wear skirts or pants that went down to the floor, and wear sleeves that went to the wrists.
After this exciting and full day, the travelers were ready for a good nights sleep.
Wednesday, October 16
Wednesday began with amazing worship and prayer time with Leonard Dawkins. The focus of the praise and worship was on persevering, not quitting.
Marilyn showed the travelers the CBS video of her time in Pakistan. After the video, she thanked everyone for being part of answered prayer with the favor she had with CBS.
The focus of Marilyn’s teaching was the blessings you receive when you sow seed. She taught on 2 Kings 4:8, the story about Elisha and the Shunammite woman who received answered prayer by sowing into the life of the prophet.
She mentioned that the woman supplied the prophet food and accommodations, and she walked in faith. Marilyn’s teaching emphasized no seed, no harvest. She also stressed the importance of watching your confession by being careful about what you say over your day. Marilyn encouraged everyone to only speak positively, not negatively, about their situations. She also encouraged everyone to guard their hearts.
Later, the group toured Palm Island, build in the shape of a palm tree, and the Tower of the Arabs. The travelers also saw a district where 30,000 people live. The tour guide said that district’s homes sold in 72 hours to investors from all over the world.
The wealth of this country is unimaginable. Skyscrapers are being built everywhere. The travelers visited the Dubai mall, which has 12 million square feet of space. They also saw the largest building in the world, which will only be the largest for a short time because there are plans to build even a taller skyscraper. The goal of the United Arab Emirates is to be number one in everything.
Wednesday’s tour ended with an impressive display of fountains like the ones in Las Vegas at the hotel Bellagio. Following the display, everyone went to Five Guys for a hamburger lunch. Later, at the farewell dinner, the group celebrated their time in Dubai.
Thursday, October 17
On Thursday, everyone was packed and ready to travel from Dubai to Budapest. The travel day was blessedly uneventful, and everyone arrived at their hotel ready to experience the sights of Hungary.
Friday, October 18
Friday morning began with praise, worship, and prayer. Marilyn showed the Egypt video and talked on eight ways to heal the sick. She shared exciting testimonies such as when God gave her a new heart. Afterwards, Marilyn answered several traveler’s questions, and they were eager to learn all they could.
In the afternoon, the group took their first half-day tour of Budapest. The large city used to be two cities, one on either side of the Danube River. One side was Buda, and the other side, Pest. The two cities were united to become Budapest in 1873. Eight bridges, all unique from one another in design, connect the two cities. Budapest has two million residents, and there are 10 million residents in Hungary.
On the tour, they visited the Parliament building, the third largest parliament building in the world, and the Castile district, replete with beautiful neo-gothic-style buildings. They also saw the former royal palace, which is now a museum, Matthias church, Fisherman’s Bastion, and St. Stephen’s Basilica, which was named after their first king who was later canonized as a saint. The tour concluded with visiting Heroes Square with its statues of important men in Hungary’s history, the state opera house, and numerous other palaces.
Saturday, October 19
Praise and worship, prayer points, and a short teaching by Marilyn started the day on Saturday. Afterwards, everyone was off on a day-trip to Vienna, Austria. The travelers saw the famous Ring Boulevard (a world heritage site), the Parliament, City Hall, the Museum of Fine Art, and the Imperial Palace. It was a long day, but well worth the journey, as the travelers were fascinated with Austria.
Sunday, October 20
Sunday was another wonderful, full day. The morning started out with praise and worship, prayer points, and watching the “Hungary Wild” video. Afterwards, everyone visited the Godollo Royal Palace built by Antal Grassalkovich I, one of the most distinguished Hungarian noblemen of the 18th century. The Godollo is a baroque-styled building that was presented by Antal as a coronation gift to Emperor Franz Joseph and Queen Elisabeth for their residential use. The palace has been beautifully restored, and travelers found it easy to transport themselves into the lives of that royal family, who were highly revered.
An interesting aside, in the various portraits of the king and queen throughout the palace, the king ages appropriately, but the queen is perpetually young – no more than 30. This was because she ordered the artists who painted her to never depict her beyond the age of 30. After WW II, the palace was taken over as a barracks for Soviet troops, and then later as a home for the elderly. Both uses led to structural decay, but the palace is now beautifully restored.
The group also visited Lazar Equestrian Park and enjoyed a horse show and lunch there, complete with a four-instrument band who serenaded them with both traditional and American show tunes, in a Hungarian style. The food and entertainment were festive, lively, and fun.
Back at the hotel, everyone had a couple hours to freshen up and relax before going to Faith Church, home church of Sandor and Judit Nemeth. Marilyn has visited Faith Church since she was in her mid-40s. Sandor and Judit are close friends of Marilyn’s, and their church gave a warm welcome to all the travelers. About 20,000 people attended the church service. Marilyn gave personal testimonies, everything from her father’s mental breakdown and God’s assurance to her that she’s just like her heavenly Father, to staying committed to what God tells you until you receive. Marilyn illustrated the point by telling the story of when God promised her a baby, and she waited 10 years before Sarah was born. Marilyn prayed for all manner of concerns: hearts, babies, neck problems, pain, growths, tumors and warts, and the greatest call—salvation and recommitment. Perhaps about 1,000 people or more came forward for healing and salvation.
After that anointed church service, the 160+ travelers experienced a lavish banquet complete with caviar, goose liver, and much more. Faith Church enjoyed honoring the travelers because of their visit with them. It was a truly amazing evening.
Monday, October 21
After praise, worship, and prayer points on Monday morning, there was an offering time accompanied by a teaching by Marilyn on what the travelers have in their hands. The rest of the day, everyone was free to enjoy the local markets and other attractions. Later the group had their farewell dinner and celebrated what the future holds for Marilyn Hickey Ministries and all who will travel with her. A Hungarian classical five-piece band played wonderful Hungarian music, and dancers danced traditional Hungarian dances. It was a beautiful show.
Tuesday, October 22
On Tuesday, after a memorable trip, the travelers packed up and journeyed home to the USA.
Day 10 – Sunday, May 20th
This was the group’s last full day in Mongolia.
In the morning, they all went to see Marilyn preach at the one main church, and after the service, half of the travelers ministered at the main church, and one of the buses drove half of the travelers to another church, where they were allowed to lay hands on the sick… and just like on previous occasions, many in the church received their healing, many were slain in the Spirit, and many committed or rededicated their lives to God. Mongolia was definitely ready for this group, and God moved mightily wherever we went, with signs and wonders following!
Then back to the hotel to prepare for the final Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
The Farewell Dinner was amazing! It was arranged for 7 local entertainment groups to come and put on a show for the travelers – and they loved every minute of it! There were singers, musicians, a contortionist, and dancing. All were very delightful and entertaining. Marilyn also utilized the opportunity to have a second fundraising time – a very fruitful use of time, and the travelers gladly gave to MHM’s worthy and proven efforts to cover the earth with the Word. The group saw firsthand how ministry is the main focus of our tours, as well as having a lot of fun throughout the trip on tours letting God knit us together.
Day 9 – Saturday, May 19th
In the morning, after the group’s private time of P&W, prayer, and nugget from Marilyn, she went to preach again at the conference while the travelers toured. She taught on John 5 about man who sat at pool at Bethesda for 38 years, and the pastors and leaders were again hungry and hung on every word she spoke – another home run!
The travelers toured the city, driving around and having various buildings identified, and visited the Bogd Khan’s Palace museum, an old and colorful structure that housed various emperors’ artifacts and clothing, etc. They then had a Mongolian BBQ lunch, which was very delicious and a fun experience where you pick out your own veggies, sauces and meat for them to barbeque (really, stir fry) in front of you, with flair, of course! After the touring, the travelers had a free day.
Day 8 – Friday, May 18th
We met for P&W, prayer and a nugget on Elisha’s miracles before Marilyn left for the first of four meetings with the Pastors and leaders all around Mongolia. Pastor Batbold, the pastor who is hosting it and bringing in everyone from the surrounding area to be mentored and taught by Marilyn, received her and the team very graciously, and was truly honored to be able to host her here. He said he expected about 125 pastors and leaders, and over 300 showed up! Marilyn taught on how to heal the sick, something the pastors said they really need mentoring in. It was a smashing success!
While Marilyn was preaching and teaching, the travelers had a beautiful tour to the Genghis Khan Statue complex, a massively huge statue sitting atop a museum that houses artifacts, artwork, trinkets, etc. of the famous conqueror. Genghis is mostly remembered for uniting multitudes of tribes over a vast amount of territory. Before viewing the statue, the travelers had a fun stop where local merchants were offering camel rides and the opportunity to hold an eagle on their arms, as well as buy trinkets and souvenirs. We also got to visit a Ger camp and have a traditional Mongolian meal as well as visit with a family who lives there. Most of the nomadic Mongolians have many horses, and the families that hosted us allowed us to ride them for a short time – the travelers had lots of fun doing that. These sights, tastes and experiences were a superb intro to Mongolia!
In the evening, the travelers went to see Marilyn preach at the conference and were allowed to lay hands on the sick… many received healing, many were slain in the Spirit, and others committed their lives to God. It was an exciting night, and Marilyn said later that here in Mongolia, we’ve hit a “hot spot” – ready and ripe for revival!
Day 7 – Thursday, May 17th
Everyone woke up super-early, picked up their boxed breakfasts, and were on there way to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, commonly called “UB” by the locals.
After arriving and being driven to the hotel, they were told that all of this city’s buildings were no more that 28 years old! Much construction has gone on recently, and it shows – it’s a charming and eclectic city that is colorful, and vibrant. It was nice to see the clouds and sun, as Beijing was mostly hot, humid, and hazy the whole time they were there. On to the Shangri-La, an incredibly opulent and palatial hotel. The travelers loved it.
Day 6 – Wednesday May 16th
This was the travelers last full day in China, as they prepare to transfer back to Beijing from Tianjin. After a bit of rest and refreshing, they hopped on the buses for their last tours in China: Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden Palace. The travelers received grapes and crackers and went about in the square in twos and threes, prayer walking and taking communion. Quite powerful, as the travelers prayer-walked around the area with its well-manicured flower beds and thought about the innocent Blood of Christ shed for us.
The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, is a short walk in that same area. The city was filled with concrete and stone buildings, and it was meant to be an imperial palace for emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties to bring them closer to God. In the complex there are 9,999 rooms. They stopped short of ten thousand because that was considered to be God’s number, and they were unworthy of having that number of rooms.
Next stop: Mongolia!
Day 5 – Tuesday, May 15th
The travelers woke to another glorious private breakfast where they prayed, worshipped, and had a teaching with Marilyn. They toured the Five Avenues, commonly called the Concessions, which display buildings with China’s most complete area of Western architecture. This area was built in the 30s to accommodate the Western businessmen who lived in China. They visited the UK Concession, and there’s also smaller Belgium, Italy, France, and other country areas to make westerners feel right at home. They then spent time in the Ancient Culture street, or Food Market street, and found lively and earthy smells and cuisines. The travelers then returned to the hotel for a relaxing evening. Tomorrow will be a very early start to another long but colorful and exciting day going back to Beijing and the Forbidden Palace and Tiananmen Square.
Day 4 – Monday, May 14th
The travelers were pleasantly surprised with today’s activities. They were treated to a tour of Hutong which was taken on rickshaw rides all around the charming, narrow streets of old Beijing. The tour culminated at a stop at a local Chinese family’s complex. They enjoyed a welcome speech from the locals, and in this particular complex, there were 11 families representing four generations. A great glimpse into the lives of the locals.
They also stopped at a Silk factory and were educated on the production of silk. The factory actually displayed the silkworms in various stages of silk-development and found the experience to be enriching. They then traveled to Tianjin, a seaport that is beautiful and charming, as much of China is.
That evening everyone enjoyed a meeting in one of the Ballrooms. This was so welcomed, as they weren’t able to meet together in Beijing. After the evening meeting it was off to bed in a truly exquisite Hyatt Regency suite. I heard Marilyn say she’s never stayed in a room so gorgeous! The travelers loved the whole day!
Day 3 – Sunday, May 13th
Church time! The travelers had a leisurely breakfast, then boarded buses for the 11 AM service at a non-denominational church for ex-pats. Marilyn had already preached at the 9AM service, and it was powerful and anointed. The 11AM service was no different, and she built up the congregation’s faith and expectations for a miracle encounter with God. Many people stood at the end for salvations, closer walks with God, and healings. At another part of the church complex, Doug and Linda McDonald, and Abraham John, spoke to a mostly Nigerian congregation. The people were so grateful for their presence and prayers. Many people rushed to the front for prayer and were very moved by the speakers.
After church, the travelers toured the Temple of Heaven, a very large structure where the Buddhists pray for a good year, abundant crops, etc. The grounds of the Temple were filled with people and families playing chess, exercising, laughing, and having a great time.
We are expectant that our abundant prayer-walking is doing its work! The travelers then returned back at the hotel to pack and rest for the drive to Tianjin tomorrow.
Day 2 – Saturday, May 12th
The group got up bright and early for breakfast in their hotel and then the tour many have been anticipating… the Great Wall! On the way to The Wall, they stopped mid-trip to tour a Jade Factory where they learned about the various types and qualities you find in that stone. The travelers were able to purchase the beautiful examples for sale.
The Great Wall did not disappoint—it was misty, mysterious, and beautiful. Most of the preserved parts of Great Wall were built and reinforced during the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD) to defend Beijing against the intrusion of northern Mongolians. A few of our travelers made it to the top of the stretch of Great Wall that they visited. When they reached the top, they were given a gold medallion with their name carved in it– a great souvenir for a worthy accomplishment. The other travelers walked on more level parts of the wall, and that in itself was a great experience.
While the majority of our travelers experienced the Great Wall, we had three people: Shirley Wilkins, who heads up most of the group tour praise and worship, Jean Metcalf, a good friend of Marilyn’s and MHM as well as frequent traveler, and Deborah Sheaks, a frequent traveler of the last several years, all spoke at a women’s conference at the church that would host Marilyn the next day. They spoke on women’s issues and all witnessed the Holy Spirit fall on the crowd, with people being slain in the Spirit under the anointing.
That evening, a surprise treat for the travelers – an Acrobatic show! It was complete with contortionists, jugglers, balancing acts, crazy-fast motorcycles contained in a spherical cage, and more! It was fun, lively, at times scary, but overall a great treat for them, and they enjoyed it. It was exciting and breathtaking! After such an amazingly memorable day, the travels were equally excited to return to their hotel and rest.
Day 1 – Friday, May 11th
China and Mongolia—Here we come! The Spring 2018 group tour consisted of 66 travelers and 5 staff members. They were thankful for a smooth 12 ½ hour trip from LAX to Beijing.
From the airport, the travelers enjoyed a city tour around Beijing, where many significant political, architectural, and local landmarks were identified. Beijing has been China’s capital for over 3,000 years.
After the city tour, the buses brought the travelers to the Summer Palace. The palace, which was famed as ‘Imperial Garden Museum of China’, is a well-preserved one combining the natural landscape and delicate gardening design. The classic buildings and elegant scenery in the park will leave you breathless. It was built to be a luxurious royal garden for royal families to rest and entertain, and later became the main residence of royal members in the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, displaying gorgeous naturally landscaped gardens and beautiful buildings in the classic Chinese architectural styles.
To end this very full day, the travelers enjoyed a traditional dinner of Peking Duck. Marilyn also shared encouragement and expectation with group.
After a long day of traveling in and out of airports and touring Beijing, the travelers were looking forward to a good night’s sleep.
Marilyn on CBS in prime time!
On Marilyn’s most recent trip to Pakistan, she was joined by CBS News Special Correspondent James Brown and a camera crew from CBSN On Assignment.
On Monday night, August 7th, 2017 this special report was aired on CBSN. It showed the bridge building Marilyn is doing with the Muslim community in Pakistan and throughout the world.
Check out the program here:
Day 13 – October 31st
Traveling back to USA – all accounted for and all so very full and happy for the experiences! This was a spiritual group. Everyone walked in unity.
Day 12 – October 30th
In the morning the travelers had our last Celebration time, and we prayed over China, Russia and India. Marilyn showed the CBS On Assignment video. She taught on Jacob and giving vows; the Nazarite vow that Samson took, and her own vow to Cover the Earth with the Word. She emphasized that God remembers our faith, not our mistakes.
On this last day of touring the group went to the Kremlin and the Armory Chamber, in the museum that also had 9 Faberge Eggs on display. The sites were fascinating with many other treasures to behold.
Day 11 – October 29th
The travelers went to Good News Church, pastored by Paul Renner, Rick Renner’s son. Marilyn taught on healing and miracles. She testified of the fish and loaves miracle with KFC lunches in Egypt, and crazy-faith friends, and emphasized that the power of the Lord is very present to heal. Marilyn prayed for back problems, grief, growths, tumors, and warts, and talked that healing is a process, and to stay in faith. She also prayed for memory problems, and talked of the various ways God can heal – anointing a handkerchief, sending the word via texts – and also gave her testimony of her salvation at age 16. The travelers prayed for the sick. It seemed as if the entire congregation came to the altar!
The travelers had a free day after that.
Day 10 – October 28th
In the morning the travelers gathered or breakfast and Marilyn was prompted to have us everyone pray in the Spirit for seven nations: Russia, Armenia, Turkey, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. This lasted around 20 mins to 1/2 hour, and the time was very fulfilling. Then Marilyn taught on angels and Daniel chapter 4. She prayed for us all to have unusual miracles.
The group toured the Bolshoi Theatre, St. Basil’s cathedral, and Red Square.
Day 9 – October 27th
Today was a travel day for the group.
Side note: Moscow’s official population is 13 million people (compared to St. Petersburg, which has 6 million) but with permanent residents, immigrants, and others, the real figure is closer to 17 or 18 million. It’s Russia’s largest city.
Day 8 – October 26th
The travelers had breakfast then spent time praying in the Spirit—what a glorious time it was! Marilyn shared and update from the Armenian pastors we just left. An amazing 200 people got baptized in the Holy Spirit! Wow! The travelers shared testimonies of what they witnessed during the services in Armenia. Marilyn then talked about the four wise things. Great meeting!
The travelers enjoyed a full day of touring the palaces and parks of Pushkin, Pavlovsk and Peterhof. The Pushkin Palace was founded in 1710 as an imperial residence and received status of a town in 1808. The first public railways in Russia, the Tsarskoye Selo Railways, were opened here in 1937 and connected the town to the capital of St. Petersburg. The town contains and ensemble of architecture from the 18th century. This museum complex includes the Catherine palace, Alexander Palace, and other buildings and associated parks. It is a major tourist attraction of the area and is included in the list of monuments protected by the UNESCO. They proceeded to the Pavlosk Palace.
Catherine the Great liked the nature in Pavlosk area and frequently visited it for hunting trips. In December 1777 she gave her son, Paul I, 977 acres of land along the Slavyanka River, together with forests, arable land and two small villages with peasants. This was a present to Paul and his wife Maria Feodorovna at the birth of their first son, the future Emperor Alexander I of Russia. This date is considered the founding date of the Pavlovskoye village (the name Pavlosk derives from Paul’s name in Russian, Pavel.) Catherine commissioned the Scottish architect Charles Cameron, who had previously done much work for her in the nearby Tsarskoye Selo, to design a palace and park in Pavlovskoye. Their tour ended with a visit to Peterhof Palace. The Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens located in Peterhof, St. Petersburg, Russia. It was laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. These palaces and gardens are sometimes referred to as the “Russian Versailles”. The palace-ensemble along with the city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 7 – October 25th
Celebration breakfast, where Marilyn talked about sowing into dreams with a seed, and how no one can steal your dreams – only you can let them go, so hold on to them! She gave the testimony about Wally’s retirement, Pastor Anwar being saved in her 1995 Pakistan meeting, how the $1M offering in Uganda came about, as well as other faith building accounts of her supernatural life. She taught about Joseph and the travelers had free time for the rest of the day.
Day 6 – October 24th
After breakfast, great praise and worship, prayer, and teaching by Marilyn, the travelers started their panoramic city tour of St. Petersburg with a visit to Peter & Paul’s Fortress / Cathedral of Savior on the Spilled Blood. This tour showcased the main architectural and historical monuments of Saint Petersburg. They took a ride along its main streets and prospects enjoyed splendid sights like numerous palaces and cathedrals, rivers and channels, bridges and parks. Afterwards they visited The Hermitage museum. One of the largest museums in the world, the State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the Neva River. It would take 15 years to see all the exhibits treasured in the Hermitage!
Side note: Their group tour guide shared something curious. St. Petersburg was named after the Apostle Peter, not Peter the Great.
Day 5 – October 23rd
This was basically a travel day from Yerevan to St. Petersburg, starting with wake-up calls at 3:30AM – say yuck three times!
St. Petersburg has 6 million people and is called the ‘Venice of the North’. There is a lot of water here and the tour guide said to expect a fair amount of rain. St. Petersburg has 500 bridges over the various canals and rivers, and is quite charming. Touring starts tomorrow!
Day 4 – October 22nd
After morning worship and prayer, the travelers went back to the same church for ministry. Marilyn taught again on miracles and taught on the three Hebrew men who were thrown in the furnace. She recounted her early days and some of her ‘misses’, including praying for a man in a wheelchair to walk before she knew he had no legs. Her humility is truly endearing. She also gave testimonies of being healed of an enlarged heart, her dad’s mental problems being healed, and more. She prayed for hands and wrists, salvations, and Holy Spirit baptisms, and again, many people came forward. Tumors disappeared, knees, spines, and hips straightened, and so much more! We are all so thrilled by what God does through the MHM teams! The service was another ‘home run’!
Afterwards, the church put on a reception for the MHM team and the pastors took Marilyn to lunch, followed by two interviews, one via TV taping with the pastor’s wife. The pastors were truly besides themselves witnessing Marilyn’s stamina. The head pastor commented during both the services that he’s 51 and wants to be like Marilyn when he’s her age. He announced that he desperately wants her to return.
Day 3 – October 21st
In the morning after praise and worship and prayer, Marilyn taught on Gideon and more on angels. She took time to anoint the travelers’ hands with oil in preparation of that nights church service at Word of Life. This particular church has planted churches in many other nations, including Russia, Georgia (former Soviet Union), and surrounding Muslim countries. Their total church plants are well over 100 and they are so on fire for God!
The travelers took a sightseeing tour to Khor-Virap monastery which has a very rich history, both religious and secular. It is situated in the Ararat valley against the biblical Ararat Mountain, were Noah’s arch cast anchor. It is important because if it’s connection to Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia and is considered the first Armenian bishop. They then toured the town of Echmiadzin, the center of the Armenian Church and the spiritual center of Armenian people. Here is the location of Echmiadzin Cathedral, which is the most ancient Christian temple of Armenia dating back to 301-303. They continued to explore the ruins of Zvartnots Temple listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. Zvartnots is an outstanding monument of world architecture, an evidence of the high level of the development of the artistic and engineering thought in the 7th-century Armenia. The cathedral had been standing for about 300 years and was destroyed by a disastrous earthquake.
After returning to the hotel to freshen up, the travelers rode to Word of Life church. Everyone enjoyed the worship which consisted of both contemporary Armenian worship and more familiar songs–what a joy to hear songs including “You are my All in All” in the Armenian language!
Marilyn preached on the miraculous, and called out areas of healing. This anointed time lasted the rest of the evening. They prayed for married people who wanted to have babies, tumors and warts, feet and ankles, wrists, as well as salvations, rededications, and Holy Spirit baptisms. Wow! A very large amount of people responded to each call! Afterwards, the pastors said they had NEVER encountered such bold preaching and manifestations of healing ever! Many testified of being healed – glory to God! The travelers returned to the hotel both overjoyed and ‘spent’!
Day 2- October 20th
The next morning the travelers had a wonderful breakfast to start their first full day of the trip. Armenian food is incredible, by the way! Lots of veggies, great cheeses, and more.
Marilyn taught on angels, emphasizing that we don’t pray to them, but praying the Word activates them. We don’t want our assigned angels to be bored! She taught on the different types of angels – Elect, Seraphim, Cherubim, Fallen, and more. The travelers loved the teaching!
The day of exploration started at the vibrant capital of Armenia, Yerevan, where ancient culture is mixed with modern lifestyle and great traditions. The travelers then toured Republic Square, visited Cascade, an open-air museum of modern art, saw the “Mother Armenian” monument and Victory Park providing a fantastic overlook to the entire downtown, then finally the Opera House and Swan Lake. Then it was on to Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, the largest cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Higher up the gorge of the Azat River they visited the magnificent monument of medieval Armenian architecture the Geghard monastery inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list and partly carved out of a mountain. Here they had a chance to enjoy the performances of the famous vocal quintet performing old spiritual Armenian songs in Acapella. Afterwards they drove to the village of Garni. The pagan temple of Garni is a picturesque monument of the Hellenistic period and an impressive piece of ancient Armenian architecture.
The evening was free for dinner on their own, and more travelers than usual ventured out of the hotel, having peace due to the repeated statements of how safe Armenia is, and how genuinely friendly the people are. In Republic Square, right outside their hotel, there is a nightly light show with waterfalls and piped in music of all genres – quite a joyous experience. The Armenian people are quite cordial and welcoming, and have accepted the tracts they passed out very readily. Everyone is praying that the fire that this nation once felt in declaring Christianity as their national religion (the first nation to ever do so), will burn once again!
Day 1 – October 19th
All flights went smoothly, and all were accounted for! No lost luggage! Great start to what promises to be an excellent, Spirit-filled trip! Many thanks to those back home for interceding for this trip – your prayers make these trips over-the-top!
On the bus ride from the airport to the hotel, the tour guide gave us some interesting facts about Armenia, including:
– Armenia has enjoyed a 100% growth in tourism from last year to this year
– 92% of Armenians are religious and go to church
– Armenia is one of the safest countries in the world. There’s no terrorism, and it’s completely safe to go out at night, well after midnight
– They are a very young country, having gained independence from the former USSR in 1991
The evening of their arrival, the travelers enjoyed the Welcome Dinner in the hotel, which was a wonderful time of reunion. There are 68 travelers on this trip and all but 10 are previous travelers. They love these trips and are always excited about Marilyn’s teachings, the miracle healings they witness while Marilyn is preaching, and the joy of joining in ministering with Marilyn. They also love the great touring, and so much more.
Last Day in New Zealand!
Animal Farm in New Zealand!
Cruise down the Milford Sound!
Queenstown is BEAUTIFUL!
Marilyn Hickey speaks at City Impact Church in New Zealand!
Seeing Jesus Down Under-New Zealand and Fiji Group Tour – Day 5
Day 5 was the optional excursion to Milford Sound, which the majority of the travelers opted into. The scenery along the 4-hour bus ride was truly breath-taking. They saw craggy snow-capped mountains up close, along with meandering rivers and waterfalls all over the mountains. The guide said if they had come the day before, they would have seen virtually none of the waterfalls, but because of the heavy rains in the last 24 hours alone, the mountains were just gushing the waterfalls out.
This particular group of travelers was split into three buses and one of the buses had a mechanical problem that forced it to stop and wait about 45 minutes while the driver and guide attempted to fix it. Thankfully God doesn’t waste a single thing and it so happened that this bus was also carrying Marilyn. So that 45 minutes were FULL of teaching, mentoring, praying, praise and worship – quite an extraordinary impromptu time they all felt so privileged to enjoy! Marilyn also solicited questions about any topic, and everyone was so blessed by her wisdom in answering each one of them. Her sharp wit and wise answers so enthralled every one of us.
The travelers arrived at Milford Sound right on time, boarded the ship, and enjoyed a lovely buffet meal, followed by a great cruise down the Sound, which is really a fjord. Our guide explained the difference between a sound and a fjord, but I forgot the explanation. Suffice it to say Milford Sound would have been more accurately named ‘Milford Fjord’. Regardless, the breathtaking scenery delighted us all! We also got to see seals basking on rocks – so precious! We enjoyed a couple of hours of ’oohs’ and ‘aahs’ because of the scenery, then back to the buses for the long ride home – with no bus breakdown.
New Zealand Fiji Group Tour – Day 3
Visiting the Hobbiton – the set from the Lord of the Rings!
Seeing Jesus Down Under-New Zealand and Fiji Group Tour – Days 3 & 4
On day 3 the team had a private breakfast where Sarah shared some nuggets about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s altars. It was such rich teaching – the travelers loved it! She also prayed for ears, and later that day a traveler shared that ever since that prayer, the ringing in her ears had stopped, PTL!
Sarah went on to minister at the City Impact’s North Shore 8:30AM chapel service, and Marilyn taught at the 10:30AM service. Later, a young person who had heard Sarah’s teaching shared that it really caused her to think about the experiences in her own life and what altars she has and hasn’t recognized thus far.
At the 10:30 service, after lively, young, dynamic worship, Marilyn taught on the gospels’ depictions of Jesus and what they meant. The service was simulcast to the Wellington congregation, where the team would be for the evening service. She was extremely well received. All the audience loved her and her message, and she ended the service with calls for salvation, re-dedication, and for healing of tumors and warts. The travelers were buzzing about Marilyn’s message all afternoon!
Later, at the Wellington campus, there was another large capacity crowd with lively worship. It was simulcast to the North campus. Both churches were very alive and intense about their worship, infecting the audience worshipers in a most wonderful way. Marilyn taught on how the Old Testament was segmented into the Pentateuch, History, Wisdom and Prophets. Again, the Lord enlightened and energized the crowd through her thrilling, on-point teaching, and tonight when she called for salvations and re-dedications and Holy Spirit infillings, the altar was filled to overflowing! It was a great service, and the travelers didn’t want to leave that holy ground!
The next day, the team traveled to the airport and took two different flights to Queenstown, a very popular tourist destination in New Zealand. Queenstown gets its name from local gold prospectors of the 19th century who called the town “fit for any Queen”. On the way from the airport to the hotel, they stopped at a small town called Arrowtown and toured their Lakes District Museum. The museum was filled with western items: wagons, tools, etc. that could easily have been viewed in a Colorado museum – those of us from Colorado felt right at home! Queenstown is the coldest place so far for this trip and the travelers from Florida and other southern states were cold. They bought up all the plentiful sheep wool winter scarves, hats, etc. that are ubiquitous there.
New Zealand Fiji Group Tour – Day 2
The beautiful sites of Auckland!
Seeing Jesus Down Under-New Zealand and Fiji Group Tour Days 1 & 2
The Spring 2017 group tour to New Zealand(NZ) and Fiji is underway with 122 travelers ready to See Jesus Down Under!
All are excited to be with Marilyn and with Sarah, who joined the group for the Auckland part of the trip.
When the team arrived in Auckland, they toured the city. Auckland is a sporting and cultural city sprawled on a narrow isthmus between two harbors. There are numerous volcanoes, and every so often you can see evidence of them with the lava rock formations. NZ is a young island, but the native fauna and birds are from a much older time because they migrated from Australia.
The Auckland metropolitan population is a mix of European, Maori, and Polynesian peoples.
In the evening, the travelers enjoyed a welcome dinner where Marilyn and Sarah shared a lovey greeting. The travelers are excited with anticipation of how God would use all the team. There is unity in this group thanks to your prayers. The food is delicious and plentiful, and the native people are very kind and pleasant.
On Day 2, the team headed to Hobbiton, visiting the movie set of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies. The set featuring the Shire from middle-earth, is on 10 acres of a picturesque 1,250-acre sheep farm. It rained heavily but there were also patches of sun, and it was so thrilling to be there. It’s fall heading into winter there, so this weather was typical. FUN FACT: An interesting feature about filming at the Shire was that sometimes two identical sets, one big and one little, had to be made to pull off the hobbits’ smallness against Gandolph’s tallness, since the actors were all essentially the same size.
After that, they toured Rotorua and saw the active geysers, second only to Yellowstone’s. There was also an area where they saw the therapeutic boiling mud. The group then visited places where they carved and weaved traditional items, and they also visited a dark cave-like structure where a nocturnal Kiwi was kept. The group actually saw one darting about! The Kiwi bird is flightless, and is believed to have evolved from the Australian Emu. Because for so long birds were the only inhabitant of NZ, many evolved to be flightless because there were no predators to flee from. Not so in more recent times. With the advance of civilization they are becoming extinct, but massive efforts are being made to counteract this.
This visit culminated into a visit to a cultural performance by the Maori, and late afternoon tea. The travelers returned to the hotel exhausted but so happy that they had experienced so very much in one day!
New Zealand Fiji Group Tour – Day 1
Flying to New Zealand!
Greece Israel Tour 2016
Greece Israel Tour 2016 Update
Tuesday, November 1st
Th Western Wall and the Garden Tomb
The group started their day with a lovely breakfast with teaching from Marilyn. They toured Yad Vashem, Israel Museum where the Dead Sea Scrolls are preserved, the Pool of Bethesda, the Via Dolorosa and the Garden Tomb. After this full day they enjoyed their farewell dinner and prepared to head home.
Monday, October 31st
The Garden of Gethsemane
Sunday, October 30th
Sea of Galilee
The travelers were treated to a day trip to Galilee. Marilyn taught on the boat as the travelers experienced the Sea of Galilee. They had prayer and praise and worship and shared stories of the miraculous.
Then the group traveled to the site for baptismal in the Jordan River. There was no way anyone could contain the excitement, even if one wanted to! Comments were heard to the effect of this being the main reason this person came on the trip. People were coming out of the water speaking in tongues and filled with renewed love for our Lord… Great to witness.
Friday, October 28th
The next stop was a visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. It was then on to Mars Hill where Paul delivered his speech on the “Unknown God.” Marilyn taught on-site about identity and the group was truly blessed. The travelers have been thrilled with Marilyn’s teachings along the way and many can’t wait to take future trips with her. That night they had a Farewell to Greece dinner as they prepare to move on to Israel.
Wednesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 27th
The next stop on the travelers cruise around the Greek Islands was the Island of Rhodes. This port was once dominated by the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was then on to Heraklion, Crete with free time to explore the area. After a few hours, there they sailed to Santorini. This area is often referred to as the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands with its beautiful whitewashed villages.
Tuesday, October 25th
The first stop their cruise ship made was in Kusadasi, Turkey. The ruins of Ephesus where Paul spent three years during his ministry are just a short drive from there. The travelers toured and prayer walked the Agora, the Theater, the Stadium, the Library of Celus, the temple of Diana, and one of the seven wonder of the ancient work and much more. Marilyn taught on-site as well.
Click here to see Marilyn’s Facebook Live video from Ephesus.
After all that, they returned to the ship and went on to the island of Patmos where they visited the Monastery of St. John and the Grotto where John had the apocalyptic Revelations. Then they returned to the ship and rested up for the next full day of ministry.
Monday, October 24th
The next morning the group enjoyed breakfast at the hotel where Marilyn taught on the importance of prayer walking everywhere they go. They then boarded a cruise ship that would take them on a 4-night trip around the islands. Their first stop was the quaint isle of Mykonos. It is called the Island of the Windmills. They visited waterfront shops and cafes and also strolled along walkways that are nestled up against lovely whitewashed buildings. They also enjoyed dinner and a night of peaceful rest on the ship. Their prayer walking was anointed and powerful as they walked the streets which are also painted white.
Sunday night, October 23rd
After the travelers had time to rest from their trip into Athens, they were treated to a welcome reception on the rooftop of their hotel which had spectacular views of the city and the Acropolis.
Sunday, October 23rd
The fall 2016 Group Tour to Greece and Israel is underway! A remarkable 130 travelers joined Marilyn and her team to See Jesus on a Biblical Journey through this historic part of the world.
Marilyn is posting Facebook Live videos on her Facebook page.
Check out her first video from the trip!
Marilyn started the trip off Sunday night with a welcome dinner in a private ballroom where she blessed those in attendance with a special teaching. Marilyn prayed for each traveler to be effective in their prayer walking…to change the world and history through their efforts.
Check back for more exciting updates from this miraculous trip.
MAY 20-31, 2016 – Switzerland Portugal Tour
Seeing Jesus in the Heart of Europe
The travelers enjoyed their final breakfast and teaching time with Marilyn. Travelers shared testimonies and celebrated in a time of prayer. They then had a free day to explore and came together one last time for their Farewell Dinner.
The travelers headed north to visit the marvelous medieval walled town of Obidos. Next they continue to the fisherman’s village of Nazare and on to Batalha to visit the Monastery, a masterpiece of flamboyant Gothic and home to the Unknown Soldier tomb in Portugal. Then they went on to Fatima, one of the most important pilgrimage centers in the world. They then went to the Sanctuary, the old and new Basilicas, and the Capelinha, home to the miracle of Fatima.
In the evening Marilyn and the travelers ministered at the CEIZS church service. Marilyn spoke on preached Luke 5:17. She prayed for growths, tumors and warts, salvations, and Holy Spirit baptisms. Many responded!
After breakfast, the travelers enjoyed more teaching from Marilyn. She spoke from John 2 about being a servant.
The visited the Royal Palace and then traveled to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in Europe where they enjoyed an outstanding view over the Atlantic Ocean. Cabo da Toda means Cape Rock. From there they went on to the fishing village of Cascais and the beach area of Guincho.
They walked the narrow streets and eventually returned to Lisbon through the village of Estoril.
The travelers got up early for their first breakfast in Portugal and experienced the best buffet yet! Variety, flavorful, abundant – the travelers all had extra-wide smiles on their faces this morn despite how they longed for just a bit more sleep.
During the ministry time with Marilyn, she had some of the travelers share testimonies about the early trips to China when they smuggled Bibles into the country. This really electrified the faith of everyone in the room. Then Pastor Claudio, the Lisbon pastor also from the Rio church, brought colorful fliers announcing the coming Healing Meeting at their church. The travelers distributed the fliers during their daily excursions.
They then went on a half-day excursion into the city, visiting the Geronimos
monastery and other sites. Lisbon (Lisboa) is a city of 10 1/2 million people and growing. They walked all over, getting to know the city with its cobblestone streets and colorful tiled or painted houses. We caught a glimpse of the botanic gardens with its beautiful flowers and plants, and saw that many of the sidewalks are made of scrolled patterns of limestone (white) and volcanic rock (black), making quite a dramatic statement. We looked at the Tejo River which starts in Spain and divides a north/south part of Spain from Portugal.
The travelers took advantage of their free morning to sleep in and stay close to the hotel before their flight to Lisbon later in the afternoon. Their flight was smooth and they got into Lisbon, Portugal rather late so they went straight to bed to rest up before their early morning.
During breakfast, Marilyn continued on her theme of walking in the supernatural, and the travelers really loved it. This is a free day, so after breakfast, the travelers took full advantage and boarded hotel shuttles, taxis, and trains to do whatever they wanted to!
The travelers had another great start to the day with breakfast, prayer, praise and worship, and a teaching from Marilyn on natural acts preceding the supernatural. They then set out on a gorgeous, unseasonably warm day to tour in Lucerne with a boat ride on the lake and then to Mt. Titlis for a gondola ride up the mountain.
Lucerne is a quaint and colorful town nestled in between steep, dramatic snow-covered mountains – a sight to behold! The town reminded a few travelers of Venice, Italy with the canals throughout the clean, fresh town and lovely houses with abundant flowers in the windowsills. The travelers witnessed as they walked, handing out tracts as they engaged with the people they met along the way. They visited the famous lion carved out of rock. Mark Twain loved that lion and said that it was the best rock carving he’d ever seen, as well as the most emotional. The boat ride later on Lake Lucerne was tranquil and heavenly – the water captured the reflection of the mountains perfectly.
The travelers climbed the 10,000 foot mountain on gondolas singing “How Great is Our God” and filling the atmosphere with electric, contagious, joyful praise. The mountain is so high that they rode well above the cloud cover. At the top of the ride the travelers stepped into an unparalleled panoramic view of Lucerne and surrounding areas. There was also a photo gallery, restaurant, lounge, and a beautiful gift shop to enjoy.
This was so fun! The praise and worship was lively and powerful, led by young adults who obviously had hearts yielded to the Lord. They started with songs in Swiss, but ended with some familiar contemporary American Christian songs. Pastor Renato was ordained out of the CEIZS church where we ministered in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and only speaks Portuguese, so he preaches with a Swiss translator. Because of this, they gave headsets to the Americans for the English translation. Lots of young people were in the congregation of about 100 or so, and when Marilyn preached, it seemed the atmosphere was charged up and they responded very well. There were calls for salvation, re-commitment, infilling of Holy Spirit, and healing, and all calls had people responding! After the service, the travelers lined up and laid hands on the people.
The travelers enjoyed a beautiful start to the day with praise and worship, prayer, and Marilyn’s continued teaching on expecting the supernatural. The weather was rainy and cold, so they had to wear jackets and use umbrellas for the day. They first visited Rhine Falls near a town called Schaffhausen. Interesting fact – they had to drive through a bit of Germany to get to that part of Switzerland that had the falls. No passports needed to move from one country to the other. The falls were quite a bit smaller the Iguassu falls in Brazil, Niagara falls, or Victoria falls, but no less dramatic!
Next they visited St. Gallen, a UNESCO world heritage site with its famous cathedral and medieval library. Interesting fact – it’s a working library and you are still able to check out books, but they have to be less than 100 years old.
Then they moved on to Liechtenstein, a very tiny monarchy that is one of the smallest countries in the world, and then a stop on the way back to hotel at the Lindt chocolate factory where the travelers shopped at the store but were unable to tour the factory that day. They then returned to the hotel. Like the day before, the travelers had the afternoon to explore on their own.
The travelers started their day with a wonderful breakfast, praise and worship, and encouraging word from Marilyn. She spoke on 2 Kings 19 and the double-portion miracles of Elisha. She taught that an act in the natural always precedes a miracle. She also encouraged everyone to prayer-walk everywhere they went.
The first touring destination was the capital of Bern. Bern is named after the German word for bear. The architecture was beautiful and it hit home how old Europe is.
Switzerland is less than 60,000 square miles, and has eight million people, 6% of which are farmers. It is divided into sections that speak four different languages: German is largest percentage (although they learn “high” German in school, Swiss German is different, and is more commonly heard than pure German), French, Italian, and Romansh, a Latin-type of language.
The group then traveled to the financial capital, Zurich, for a city tour. After the tour, the travelers had free time to explore the city on their own.
The Travelers landed in Switzerland and made their way to the hotel to freshen up. When the land only travelers arrived, they were a full group of 98 ready to go.
The first event was a Welcome Dinner which was packed with excitement even though everyone was tired from the long flights. (However, those travelers who have been to Asia know this trip has much shorter travel times.)
Marilyn talked through the goals for the trip, and everyone was excited with the expectation of a miracle trip, breaking up fallow ground while honoring the rich spiritual heritage that was birthed in this region.