Contributed by Katherine Jones
Megan Caddell is a woman on a mission. Given that she’s the World Vision Child Ambassador
Team Lead, you might assume that her mission is to get as many kids sponsored as possible. But
you would assume wrong. Because while that, of course, is something she desires and believes in
deeply, her mission is something other: to give Child Ambassadors every tool she can muster so
that we may live out the calling God has given us.
“I want to work with Child Ambassadors to give you what you need to fulfill your calling,” she
says. “To me, there’s no greater people or mission. There’s nothing better for me.”
Megan’s aim is born out of experience as she knows firsthand what it means to live a life of
calling. A vision for her future began taking form when she was a teen as she planned her high
school prom. “I love moving people toward a goal,” she says. “In college, I designed my own
minor in Event Planning. Once out of college, I worked for one of the top planning firms in
Seattle. But there I was planning events for people who already had everything. Then I went to
church one day and my pastor challenged us: Be a blessing in a world of oppression.”
That challenge hit its mark. Megan quit her prestigious Seattle job and went to Africa for a
season. While there, she found herself praying a very specific prayer: “It was, ‘Lord,
break my heart for the things that break yours.’ And I was like, Who said that? Because that
didn’t sound like me, but I knew I meant it. It wasn’t until years later that I learned I’d prayed
[World Vision founder] Bob Pierce’s famous prayer.”
In Africa, God did break Megan’s heart for those suffering in the AIDS crisis. And soon after her
return to the U.S., she signed on with World Vision.
That was eight years ago, and her commitment to World Vision and its global impact has only
increased. “I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I care about the work World Vision does in
the world more than anything. I read State Department emails for fun because I care about
international foreign policy.”
Any Child Ambassador who has ever been in the same room with Megan has witnessed firsthand
her gregarious personality in action. Is she really the extrovert she seems?
“Oh, yes!” She laughs. “For better or worse. I was a cheerleader in high school, and now I’m a
cheerleader for my job. On our recent Vision Trip to Nicaragua, we, of course, had a mix of
introverts and extroverts. We had to be intentional about giving the more introverted ones a way
to show us when they’d had enough. But me? I don’t get peopled out.”
Which makes her a brilliant fit for this job that requires constant, intentional, energetic
interaction with people. Interaction that isn’t limited to those she leads, but to her sponsored kids
as well. These include a boy in Swaziland and a recent addition, a boy she met in Nicaragua.
“One day we were visiting a school,” she says, “and there was a boy who was one of the best
readers, who was mentoring others. I found out he was not sponsored and spent the rest of my
time there being with him as much as possible. I was so excited to see his great, great, great
potential as a leader -- his potential to go places.”
That’s the same kind of potential she seeks out in the Child Ambassadors she works with, and
what inspires her to throw all her energies into her job. “Let me help you,” she says.
She goes on to say that while she’s traveled to three countries with World Vision, she doesn’t
have any great desire to keep adding to her destination list. “I already believe in World Vision’s
model and their mission. I don’t need to see it in action. My most remarkable moment in
Nicaragua was when the World Vision staff there realized who these women with me were—the
Child Ambassadors—and what they are capable of. That was a turning point for the staff as they
began asking, ‘What can we do to make sure these Child Ambassadors have all they need?’”
Because the corollary is plain. When Child Ambassadors are empowered and equipped, when we
have the tools that help us tell compelling stories with up-to-date information at our fingertips,
we are able to fulfill our own mission: matching sponsors with children.
“My role,” Megan says, “is to help CAs live out their faith. For me, it’s a lot less about where I
want to go next, and more about who can I take on those trips. Which Child Ambassadors can I
take with me so that they may live out their potential? This is my question, and it’s my great,
blessed pleasure to help facilitate that."
Greater Together is a collaborative blog written by volunteer child ambassadors for World Vision.