We are the McCary family~ Mom and Dad (aka Lori and Doug), 3 children born to us the old fashioned way (Russ, Sarah, and Ryan), and 3 brought into our home through the miracle of adoption (Kate, Ellie, and Rachel). When our family began in 1983, we could not have imagined the twists and turns God had in store for us. We've had our share of ups and downs, struggles and victories- We are a weird, wacky, passionate, opinionated crew, but above everything we are a family deeply committed to Jesus Christ and to making Him known to those near and those in far away places... Because Jesus is the Lord of our home, we are equally committed to obeying Him, no matter what that means! Doug wears a bracelet on his wrist every single day with the words "Jesus says - Follow me no matter what!" Our deepest desire, as a family, is that we would live our lives as faithful followers of Jesus!
I guess you could say that such a family moto brought us here today... Adopting a critically ill child, considered "terminal" by doctors, was never a part of our personal plans. In fact, just over a year ago, our plan was to bring a third orphan home- but she was a healthy 9 year old girl- not a dying one! It is fascinating to see how God redirects our steps in spite of our best efforts to impose our personal desires on His plan. When that healthy 9 year old was suddenly matched with another family, I saw a photo of Rachel for the first time and read a two or three sentence description of her critical needs. Immediately I knew deep down that God was calling me to "do something" about it. And when I took her files to Doug to ask what we should do, I knew that God was asking us to follow His lead and obey Him with little knowledge as to what that obedience would mean. Where would we find the incredible amount of money we would need to adopt her, not to mention the medical expenses that would follow? Would she live? Would she die? Was there a miracle waiting for her here at home or would God choose to be glorified in her death instead? It's been over a year since we first asked these life altering questions and we still don't have the answers... And yet, I don't think either of us would change a thing! This past year has been filled with a measure of grace I haven't known before... and when the climb has been so steep I wondered how we'd make it to the top... God's grace has picked us up and carried us over. Suddenly the words of Elisabeth Elliott read so many years ago, have been proven true in my own experience. She wrote of how people looked on from the outside and marveled at her strength through the loss of her young husband at the hands of the Auca Indians and then the death of her second husband through cancer. (quote)
Rachel is dying of heart failure. In living with this precious child day to day, it is easy to be lulled into thinking that everything is perfectly normal. Surely there is not a ticking time bomb just below the surface of her chest. The truth is that Rachel should not be alive today. Apart from a miracle of God, she would not have survived more than a few years, at best! And yet, on June 28th of this year, Rachel turned 8 years old! She is here!... sound asleep down the hall, asking God every night for a new heart to replace her broken one and whispering "I love you Jesus" as she closes her eyes on another miraculous day.
Not once did I ever imagine parenting a dying child in need of a heart transplant... by choice! What an insane idea! Most of the details are still cloudy as to how I ever got here in the first place. But other things seem clearer than ever... Like how I am insanely in love with Jesus and with this precious little girl who was so incredibly worth the risk! I am at peace and content to treasure each day while we wait for His answers...
Hope for Rachel was created as a way for us to share her beautiful story of HOPE and to invite you to be a part of God's miracle in and through her life. If you feel led to help us along this journey financially, we would be blessed and most grateful to the Lord for His provision through you. But our deep desire is that you find encouragement here for your own journey in being reminded that in Jesus, there is always HOPE! We covet your prayers for our family and for Rachel...
Blessings from our family to yours!
Blessings from our family to yours!