How do I pronounce SAAKE?
It’s like the two short words: “say” (what comes out of the mouth); “key” (how you unlock a door). You’re welcome. 🙂
Who is Jennifer?
Jennifer (Camp) Saake is a beloved wife in a marriage God redeemed from the brink of divorce, and a long-awaited mom to three miracles on earth and several others who slipped from her womb into Heaven over a ten-year struggle (as well as multiple failed adoption attempts). As a result of fertility challenges, Jennifer “accidentally” became the co-founder of the international infertility, pregnancy loss, and infant death ministry Hannah’s Prayer*. (See below.)
Jennifer’s first book, Hannah’s Hope, was published by NavPress in 2005. Subsequent books remain in the plans, but those plans have been significantly delayed since Jennifer experienced six catastrophic strokes at age 39, via chiropractic neck adjustment gone wrong. Either one of the two largest strokes “should” have been fatal. By God’s grace, though the entire family was suddenly plunged into the world of traumatic brain injury, God has been steadily rebuilding lives shattered on October 25, 2011.
Jennifer is a woman striving to learn the simple freedom of grace, after innocence was stolen very early in childhood, through prolonged abuse by a caregiver, while her family was on the mission field in Asia. She has also had to learn to lean hard on God, while manage multiple painful chronic illnesses, both genetic and acquired, since her teen years.
In her “Bravest Brave,” Jennifer tells about her Darkest Darkness. This is part of her story, but not her definition. She loves the Bible and many other books, butterflies, bears, hot air balloons, babies, and beverages.
OK, corny “B list”! Make that last one tea, hot or iced, hold the sugar, add triple lemon, please. Caffeine is absolutely required to pry her eyes open each morning, but by two in the afternoon, she switches to decaf, because sleep is appreciated at night.
NO COFFEE. It is false advertising. Smells divine. Tastes horrid!
And chocolate. Might not start with a “B,” but absolutely,
Do. Not. Forget. The. Chocolate.
Hobbies include writing (typing single-handedly), eating sushi (eating too much of just about anything but onions, but working on that gluttony thing), researching gluten-free yummy recipes, Pinterest exploration, water aerobics (by default, a post-stroke necessity), Spiritual warfare, and passionate prayer. Jennifer also love playing with hair (still learning to do that well with only one good hand) and has been selling Lilla Rose hair accessories since 2010. Before strokes Jennifer was rarely found without some form of needle hand craft (cross stitch, crochet, sewing, etc.), played the flute, and was a champion race walker.
Most of all, Jennifer loves her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, singing praises and worshiping His beautiful name!
Please tell me more about Jennifer’s passion for support groups.
* Hannah’s Prayer was established by Rick and Jennifer Saake in 1994, in northern California. Because Jennifer needed help and couldn’t find the resources she was looking for, the couple’s intent was to open their home on a monthly basis for a “small living room support group” meeting with a handful of Christian families also facing infertility, miscarriage, or adoption. The Hannah to Hannah newsletter grew out of this fledgling support group, launching in 1995, the year the ministry was incorporated as a not-for-profit entity. The establishment of the Hannah.org website followed in 1996.
Within the first ten years of ministry, HP documented an international reach of an estimated 40,000 active members, via (free) newsletter subscriptions and duplicated in-person support group chapters, meeting throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. The Hannah’s Prayer Community Forums, that are still actively offering over 70 specialty sub-group message boards for all aspects of the Christian wife’s life, coping with the intense social, moral, medical, ethical, emotional, and spiritual pressures of infertility, pregnancy loss, or infant death, were added in the early 2000s.
Having directed HP through these foundational years, Jennifer has since administered several smaller chronic pain, illness, and stroke support communities on facebook and other 0nline platforms. She has been consistently active in a dozen or more at any given time, and typically involved in leadership of two or three groups at once.
Jennifer has also found great author support through writer critique groups, both online and in-person. In May, 2018, she launched the northern-Nevada area Life Writer group, meeting monthly in Reno.
Jennifer now hopes to make this experience of Christ-focused support through friendship and community, accessible to all her friends. Please visit the In Darkness Sing page for more information about this exciting resource, striving to walk with readers through every painful season of life. The In Darkness Sing community launched the last weekend of September, 2018.