On Faith’s Edge Episode 22. We are joined by Singer-Songwriter, Women’s Minister and Survivor Ilonka Deaton as we talk about her music career, her Women’s Ministry and surviving 5 years in sexual slavery. Just a fair warning, her story is not for the faint of heart.
Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Singer-Songwriter ∙ Women’s Minister ∙ Survivor
“I just want the Lord to be satisfied that I stepped into why he created me”
Growing up in South Africa, Ilonka’s journey led her to the U.S. to devote her life and voice to ministry.
Held in a sexual slavery bondage in South Africa for 5 years through the threat of her and her family’s life, she is now rescued, redeemed and set free, and is a healthy, full of life, complete women in Jesus Christ. Ilonka sings and speaks to audiences across the US to encourage them through the love of Jesus Christ and to remind them that their stories matter. Her inspiring message is one of victorious life, freedom, tears, laughter, and hope for any wounded heart. Her appearances fund her own organization, ilonka Ministries, which provides free counseling for hurting women.
Ilonka has performed worldwide as well as collaborating and performing on projects with Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James, Paul Coleman and Phil Keaggy, just to name a few. She has also served as a member of the Worship Team at Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee for the past 7 years; has five albums: Fly, Holding On, Jesus Joy of Life, Ever & Ever, Classic Christmas, and her latest single Wash.
For the past several years Ilonka has worked with organizations such as World Vision, Women At Risk, Int. (WAR), Crisis Aid International and Bethany Christian Services as an artist and speaker. Ilonka has also publicly shared the power and love of Jesus Christ on multiple Christian Television Programs with her testimony and music.
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