“Oh, you’re the one.”

That’s what people at a recent women’s ministry conference would say when they met Linda Znachko.

“You’re the one who wanted to adopt the dead baby.”

She is.



Linda Znachko is the founder of He Knows Your Name ministry and author of the nationally recognized and award winning book, He Knows Your Name, How One Abandoned Baby Inspired Me to Say YES to God.

Rooted in the conviction that every life is sacred to God, and that naming children matters deeply, this ministry gives children dignity and honor in death by celebrating their LIFE.

Linda’s work was featured on a cover story by the Indianapolis Star, featured on the Steve Harvey Show and the Harvest Show , interviewed on ‘In the Market’ with Janet Parshall, as a guest on Ann Voskamp’s website, and highlighted in countless local and regional media outlets.

For her work with families and children, Linda has received the McMiracle Award from Miracle on 38th St. Foundation, Jefferson Award from ABC News, United Way “100 Heroes Award” Winner, and the Angel Award from Benedict Inn .

Having taught and discipled women for over twenty-five years, Linda has been a speaker for churches and retreats. She and her high school sweetheart, husband Steve, launched a Foundation, funding ministries around the globe, and also serve as advocates for Safe Families for Children. Steve and Linda attend Antioch Church in Indianapolis where they raised their 4 children. One of Linda’s greatest joys is being called “Honey” by her grandchildren, Rose Jubilee and Smith Moses!


The Birth of a Ministry

He Knows Your Name was birthed in October of 2009 when the body of a newborn baby, dressed only in a diaper, was discovered in downtown Indianapolis. Three thoughts rang through my head:

A dumpster is NOT a grave!

A diaper is NOT a burial gown!
And Doe is NOT a name!

Sadly it is a fact that, even with the Safe Haven law, babies are still abandoned, buried in nameless graves, with no headstone to mark either their deaths or – more importantly – their lives.

He Knows Your Name Ministry strives to ensure that every child receives a name in life and dignity and honor in death.

Linda would like to acknowledge and thank her many partners, whom work together with He Knows Your Name:

Thomas Monument, Little Angel Gowns, Indiana Funeral Care and Washington Park East.

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Founder of He Knows Your Name Ministry



“…to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.”

Isaiah 56:5

Inspiring quotes from Linda’s Book: He Knows Your Name

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He Knows Your Name

How One Abandoned Baby Inspired Me to Say Yes to God
By Linda Znachko

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