Our Mission

​​In His Hands is committed to creating lasting change for vulnerable children in communities around the world. We are a ministry desiring to serve as His hands here on earth; sharing the heart of Christ with the unloved, unwanted and forgotten.

Orphan awareness, child abandonment prevention, holistic care for bereft children, and adoption support are the causes that drive us forward. Our work spans the United States, Haiti, Myanmar, Philippines, China, Ethiopia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Ukraine, and India.

Our Leaders



Michelle is our Founder and President. She loves helping orphans and spending time with family. Michelle and her husband are the parents of 9 children, 4 of who were adopted from China. She travels to the countries we work in to spend time with the children, get to know people in the community, and plan programs.


Ann McKinney

Ann is a team leader and Board member. She and her husband are parents to 15 children, with 13 of them being adopted both domestically and internationally. Ann also serves as the Haiti Mission Trip Coordinator.


Darren Doty

Darren is a board member, farms, and has a business called Mile End Ag Services. He and his wife have six children. Two of their daughters were adopted from China and they recently adopted two older sisters from Colombia. Darren enjoys doing construction work for In His Hands projects and helping at events.



Laura Miller has four adult children and six grandchildren. Her desire is to serve God through serving orphans and vulnerable people. She has served on two mission trips to our Haiti mission. She loves spending time with the children, and sharing God’s love with them.



Michelle is a Board member, wife and home educator. She and her husband Ryan have been supporters and volunteers at In His Hands for years. They are the parents of four children, including a son adopted from Ethiopia and a son adopted from China. Their entire family enjoys helping out at In His Hands events.



Silmara is a Board member and has a passion for orphans, missions, and prison ministry. She was born and raised in Brazil and attended Bible college in England. Silmara’s husband is the pastor of a church, where she also works. Silmara and Leyff have 3 children.


Linda Smith

Linda and her husband Dave have volunteered and supported In His Hands for years. Linda served as a Board member for a number of years and is now the Child Sponsorship Director. Linda and Dave are the parents of seven children, three who were adopted through Vietnam and the Philippines.


Pastor Benito Joseph

Pastor Benito Joseph is our Haitian Director. He is also the pastor of Grande Savanne Christian Church and is a church planter. In addition, he is a school administrator at Grande Savanne Christian School. Benito and his wife are the parents of four children, two of them adopted.



Berna is an executive assistant and works in community relations at In His Hands. She enjoys helping others and making a difference in the lives of orphans.


Jessica Jakaitis

Jessica is our missionary and teaches classes to our children in Haiti, leads the child sponsorship program, handles paperwork, Haitian payroll, and more. Jessica’s past experience as a public school teacher prepared her for her work with the many children in Haiti.


Sam Jakaitis

Sam is our missionary and also manages many programs in Haiti. He is the business manager for micro-finance loans, oversees Haitian staff and construction projects, and is involved with the orphaned children at In His Hands Haiti Orphan Home. Sam’s business background has helped him to excel at his many roles.


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