What if every church
made it its mission to
serve the vulnerable?


Our Work


WOW specializes exclusively on the primary calling to dying orphans and widows. This ministry to the dying is called “Home Based Care” (HBC). We make thousands of HBC visits every year. These are made by our “army” of local church volunteers (mainly widows themselves) who lovingly care for the dying with great dignity, and lead these precious souls to Jesus before they die.

“I love being a Home Based Care Volunteer because I believe it is one way of me living the testimony I am.  Each time I see a patient, my life is able to speak to them because I tell them how sick I was and now I am OK.  So being a volunteer is about you living it: you showing them that they’ll be better. So with that I am really happy because I get to share with them my life experiences as well as share with them the word of God.  That’s what drives me.” – DOROTHY



“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress & refusing to let the world corrupt you”

James 1:27 (NLT)

Update and Prayer request from SCM in Malawi

Update and Prayer request from SCM in Malawi

During the Covid 19 pandemic our partners (Somebody Cares Ministries) in Malawi are doing their best to keep their volunteers and those they serve safe. Key volunteer leaders are explaining the importance of hand washing. Tablets of soap given to all of them to take...

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Stories from ICO in Zambia

Stories from ICO in Zambia

My name is Richard Sokotela and I am 56 years old. I am a former Zambia air Force civilian employee and now retired due to health challenges. I was diagnosed with HIV last year in 2019 after a series of sickness. From that time my life has never been the same, due to...

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Update from Rob’s Farm

ROB'S FARM WEEKLY REPORT-27/03/20 We continue to enjoy His divine protection from COVID-19 pandemic and we give Him all the glory. It is now four years ago since we dedicated Rob's farm to the Lord in memory of Rob Hall; a Canadian missionary who died at Trans-africa...

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WOW partners with local community organizations in sub-Saharan Africa as they care for orphans and widows.

WOW has always been about Home Based Care (HBC) for vulnerable orphans and widows. My initial call from the Lord was to “visit orphans and widows in their distress” (Jas 1:27) with a view to representing the Lord to them as “father to the fatherless and defender of widows” (Ps 68:5).

My marching orders were, “Every church a Mother Teresa”.

Jim Cantelon, WOW Founder and President

Where we Work

We currently work for orphans
and widows in Africa



Population:  18.6 Million
Capital: Lilongwe
HIV prevalence rate (adults): 9.2%
Poverty rate: 82.6%
Child marriage rate:  42%
Under 5 mortality rate (per 1000 births): 55.1




Population: 56.7 Million
Capital: Cape Town (Legislative Capital), Bloemfontein
(Judicial Capital) and Pretoria (Administrative Capital)
HIV prevalence rate (adults): 18.9%
Poverty rate: 16.4%
Child marriage rate: 6%
Under 5 mortality rate (per 1000 births): 43.3





Population: 17.1 Million
Capital: Lusaka
HIV prevalence rate (adults): 12.4%
Poverty rate: 67.0%
Child marriage rate: 31%
Under 5 mortality rate (per 1000 births) 63.4%


Why Malawi? >

Population: 15.9 Million
Capital: Lilongwe
# of people with HIV: 980,000
Poverty Rate: 50.7%
% of gender-based violence victims: 41.2
Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births): 43.4

*Statistics taken from UNDP and UNAIDS

Why Uganda? >

Population: 39 Million
Capital: Kampala
# of people with HIV: 1.5 Million
Poverty Rate: 70.7%
% of gender-based violence victims: 31.2
Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births): 37.7%

*Statistics taken from UNDP and UNAIDS

Why Zambia? >

Population: 16.2 Million
Capital: Lusaka
# of people with HIV: 1 200 000
Poverty Rate: 20.7%
% of gender-based violence victims: 21.2
Infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births): 43.3%

*Statistics taken from UNDP and UNAIDS

Source: UN Human Development Report (UNDP)