“This year I learned that to be the hands and feet of Jesus, you have to persevere,” Evangelist Bonita Smith said today during her presentation about her missionary trip to Ecuador. She and Sister Danaka Walker were the only two from MPWOC to make the journey this year, and both returned with tales of danger and demons, sacrifice and salvation. But the two were there to show the love of Jesus Christ. Overall, the medical teams saw nearly 6,000 people in that one week.
For the first time in seven years, Sister Bonita fell ill shortly after arriving in Guayaquil three weeks ago. It was difficult getting through each day, but she thanked God for keeping her focused on the mission at hand, and for Sister Danaka’s presence and leadership.
Both spoke about a trip to a women’s conference at a church in a very dangerous part of the city – an area known for violence and tourist kidnappings. They arrived an hour late because the cab driver got lost, and then got scared. He, too, knew how dangerous it was in that region. Still, they arrived safely and spoke and ministered to the welcoming women there.
Sister Danaka said that throughout the week, as she mentored and ministered to women in prison, the Lord kept pointing her to Ephesians 6:12, which states: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
There was one woman in particular Danaka was drawn to, a woman from Ohio who is serving four years on drug-smuggling charges. After speaking and praying with the woman, the Holy Spirit led Danaka to tell the woman her role was to lead other imprisoned women to Christ. A day or two later, another missionary revealed to the woman the same, inspired message.
“Your ‘yes’ may be something that frees someone else and is the answer to their prayer,” Danaka said.
Danaka also shared her roommate’s story of encountering a woman possessed with five demons. Though the woman only spoke Spanish, she responded to demands spoken in English – that is, the entities inside her responded. Despite a riot suddenly and suspiciously erupting nearby, the men attempting to exorcise the demons remained until the woman started throwing up blood. This she did five times, a sign the demons had left her body.
Evangelist Bonita and Sister Danaka strongly encouraged others to make a commitment to the 2013 mission trip because the rewards are as great as they are many. With voices sometimes choked with emotion, they told of children seeing clearly for the first time in years, thanks to the hundreds of pairs of prescription eyeglasses donated by MPWOC and Cary Church of God. In fact, there were so many pairs of glasses that, for the first time, the Cary church did not have to purchase extras.
Enjoy the photos below. To see nearly 100 other photos from the 2012 Ecuador mission, visit MPWOC’s gallery on Flickr.