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)

Meet the Hansma Family!

Meet the Hansma Family!

Just before the rainy season, Nicole and Scott Hansma travelled to Zambia with their son to help with crop planting on Rob’s farm. They partnered with local farmers in ploughing and planting tomatoes. Check out this week’s blog post to hear about their experiences in Zambia.

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Inside WOW with Intern Katie Fabian

Inside WOW with Intern Katie Fabian

This summer WOW has had the exciting opportunity of hosting a university student as an intern in our communications department. Chances are that you may all have seen her amazing social media and blogging skills already. Well, we thought it would be a...

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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)