Megan Cassidy of Inman has returned to the reality series “Preachers’ Daughters.”
The show, which airs Friday nights on the Lifetime network, sends the daughters of religious leaders to Cavo, Mexico, to do mission work for the poor, while giving them time and opportunities to enjoy the beaches and party.
As a member of the season two cast, Cassidy said she developed a reputation as a party girl, but has since turned her life around.
“In season two I was doing things I shouldn’t have been doing and I knew was wrong. Smoking pot, drinking, smart mouthing my parents and being disrespectful,” she said. “I decided that that was not the path I wanted to go down. I needed to get my life together.”
When filming for the third season was ready to begin last summer, Cassidy said she jumped at the chance to return.
“People could really benefit from seeing how much I’ve grown and matured,” she said. “God can still use you to help people even if you have a shady past or have done something wrong.”
Cassidy said that one of the hardest parts of her trip to Mexico was staying sober. While she did go out and have fun with the other girls, she was the only cast member of season three to not drink.
“I think that’s part of my testimony; You don’t have to drink to have fun,” she said. “On episode one it shows right when we get there. All the girls decide they want to go out and have a drink. I sat back and let them do their thing, and I quickly realized that some of the girls were just there to be in Mexico and party.
“At one point, I cried over how hard it was, but I’m very happy I chose to abstain.”
Her return to the show wasn’t just to show off her newfound sobriety. As part of the show, Cassidy spent her two months in Mexico painting an orphanage, building a house and working with impoverished families.
“My favorite part was the very first mission we did,” she said. “We built a house for a family of four who had been living with their neighbors.”
Cassidy described the house as little more than wooden walls and a roof, with few amenities and dirt floors.
“It was very rewarding at the end to see them and how grateful they were to have a house,” she said. “It really put into perspective how good we have it at home.”
This season’s trip to Mexico was also Cassidy’s first mission trip with her father, Jeff, associate pastor at Lake Bowen Baptist Church in Inman. It was something she said was very special for both of them.
“You can expect to see that my relationship with my dad has gotten a lot stronger. Now that I’m making better decisions I feel like we are a lot closer,” she said.
Cassidy plans to continue doing mission work, and will visit Guatemala to work with families there this summer.
Nikki Efimetz of Boiling Springs is also featured in this new season of “Preachers’ Daughters.”
“Preachers’ Daughters” airs 10 p.m. Fridays on Lifetime.
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