Update: Stroke of Grace has become In Darkness Sing and has moved to JenniferSaake.com.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jennifer Saake (founder, Hannah's Prayer Ministries), experienced 6 strokes via vertebral dissection at a chiropractic office, including brain stem and cerebellum bleeds, in Oct. 2011. Jenni remained hospitalized for nearly 2 months and was not expected to live (near death experience) nor recover, but if she even survived, she was slated to live out her days in a nursing home or, best case, to maybe come home but wheelchair-bound and needing 24-hour care. At 5 years, 7 months God showed how He was writing her story from the beginning.

Jenni is currently writing more books and stays active on both Facebook and Pinterest. Stroke of Grace became In Darkness Sing in early 2018 and has moved, along with all five of Jennifer's active blogs, to one location at JenniferSaake.com.

Since Jenni's chiropractor carried no insurance and moved out of the country soon after the accident (thus avoiding any legal or financial consequences), if you would like to help contribute to the Saake (pronounced like the two small words, say and key) family's massive financial needs (medical expenses alone are estimated to cost between $1- and $1.5- Million in Jenni's lifetime), please visit Jennifer Saake's Stroke Survivor GoFundMe Page. (This support information has been added in direct response to several reader requests.) The Saakes sincerely thank you for your prayers and if God prompts and equips you to send any monetary assistance as well, this is a significant added blessing.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


I promised a few months ago, that I still had a couple special Mount Hermon memories coming.

One person who made my week what it was, holds a very dear place in my heart, is in the majority of my conference memories, is Eli.

She plopped down at our table the first night of the main conference. Her beautiful skin and bright eyes captivated me, while her bold tattoos proclaimed Jesus in a way so unashamed that I was intimidated. The legitimate roar of the too-loud crowd gave me the excuse I needed not to engage the young woman clear across the table in any direct communication.

Toward the end of the meal I caught enough of her story to be intrigued by this photo she shared of herself less than 4 years earlier:

To hear bits and pieces of her pre-Jesus life of drugs and addiction and try to reconcile these stories with the gracious woman speaking was hard for my brain to process:

When a woman with a prodigal child moved close and I saw Eli's immediate compassion and ministry of prayer, my heart felt bonded to hers even before we ever got to talk directly.

All weekend long, Eli was put right back into my life at nearly every turn.

One of the funniest moments, that became a beautiful God appointment, was when I was down in the author hospitality center (lounge) talking to the tape ministry ladies when I heard a lady's voice behind me asking, "Where are the people to pray?"

Thinking she was looking for the prayer partner team that had been available the day before, without even knowing who was there, I jumped at the chance to volunteer, "I'll pray with you!"

Spinning around, I was thrilled to find Eli standing there! As we exchanged huge hugs, she replied, "I would love to pray with you, as soon as I find where to pay for my copies!"

We both laughed, but as soon as she had conducted her brief business, we had a lovely 20 minutes of prayer together!

"What are you going to do when someone offers to pray with you," Eli quipped. "Say no?"

One of my favorite Eli quotes of the weekend, "You can take the girl out of the gang. You can't all the way take the gangster out of the girl!" Maybe that looses something without the surrounding context, but that's enough of a quote for me to remember the surrounding story.

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