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Meet The Team - Matt Mehaffey

Name and position with World Orphans.

Matt Mehaffey, Director of Advocacy.

What attracted you to your current position?

My wife and I adopted two boys from Taiwan and through that journey God opened our eyes to the global orphan crisis. Soon after we were connected with World Orphans because of our shared passion for helping vulnerable children through the local church.

Where do you live and who do you live with?

Janie and I live in Orlando, FL with our two boys, Chase and Jackson.

If you could give your 18-year old self one piece of advice what would it be?

Never stop being a learner.

List three unique experiences in your life.

1. I was a contestant on the NBC prime time game show The Weakest Link (I placed 2nd).

2. Five months after bringing home our first son from Taiwan, the orphanage called to tell us Chase had a baby brother who wanted to come home too. So we adopted two brothers in less than a year.

3. I once rode in an elevator with Milli Vanilli.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

My hobbies are all over the map. I enjoy photography, writing, painting and drawing. I also like watching and playing sports. I am always reading at least three books at any given time. But hanging with my family at Walt Disney World is my favorite though.

One thing you always have on your person is...?

Nikon 7000 DSLR.

Other than the Bible [duh] what is the best thing you have read in the last year?

The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

The suite in Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom!

Follow Matt on Twitter at: @mattmehaffey.

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"Meet the Team"

is a weekly blog series showcasing the people who make up the World Orphans team. Every Thursday morning, grab a cup of coffee and meet another team member who is using their unique talents and gifts to care for orphans and strengthen churches in the U.S. and abroad.