About Planting Hope

Planting Hope is a faith-based support group for mothers of children with special needs and/or medical needs regardless of diagnosis. Together, we laugh, we cry, we share the struggles, joys, and victories of special needs motherhood, and ultimately we find strength in Christ for our unexpected journeys.
“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” –Romans 12:15

To read the Planting Hope story and testimonies, click here.


What to Expect

  • A warm, inviting atmosphere
  • Camaraderie and friendship
  • An opportunity to share if you’d like
  • Small-group discussion
  • Application of God’s Word to our lives
  • Prayer with and for one another
  • Dinner and dessert. Please bring a dish to share if possible.


Trinity Baptist Church
The Plaza, Next Step Room


Group Schedule

2020-2021 Dates

Meeting on the following Saturdays:
October 24
December 5
February 6
April 17


Susanna Zekas
904.891.7175 Call or text

Susanna Zekas facilitates the Planting Hope group. She and her husband Larry have been married for 22 years. They have three sons Larson (18), Andrew (16), and Wesley (10). Larson is a brain aneurysm/stroke/TBI survivor who lives with left-side damage (hemiparesis), short term memory impairment, a VP shunt, and a baclofen pump. Andrew has ADHD and high functioning autism/Aspergers. Wesley was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. Susanna’s background is in secondary education. She taught computer and math classes for a total of 14 years before stepping away from teaching to be able to care for Larson’s ongoing medical and educational needs. Susanna has a passion for ministering to special needs families. She has been involved in Trinity’s Kaleidoscope ministry for children with special needs for the past seven years and now serves as the ministry co-director. She began the Planting Hope group at Trinity in 2016 to reach out to special needs moms.