Ilonka Deaton’s inspiring message of hope is one of victorious life for any wounded heart. Growing up in South Africa, she was held in sexual slavery bondage for five years through the threat of her and her family’s life. Now set free and redeemed, she sings and speaks to audiences across the U.S. She encourages individuals through the love of Jesus Christ and to reminds them that their stories matter. As a recording artist, ilonka has nine recorded albums, performing internationally, and also collaborating and performing on projects with Michael W. Smith, Jill Philips, Rebecca St. James, and others. She has a degree in Biblical Counseling and is a member of The American Association of Christian Counselors. In 2012, she and her husband opened a free Counseling Center in Nashville for hurting women. She loves Yorkies, scrap booking, a warm sunny day, and fly-fishing with her husband.