About Us

We engage local churches
in the care of
orphans and widows

WOW believes in local church ministry. That’s why we work with local pastors and their congregations in challenging and equipping them to be front line workers in Home Based Care for the vulnerable and/or dying orphans and widows in their communities. These churches provide an army of volunteers who are trained, mobilized, and directed by WOW’s champion partners.

“The Church must be a threat to injustice.”

Theresa Malila, WOW Partner, Malawi

Jim & Kathy Cantelon

Our Founders
In 1999 Jim and Kathy Cantelon incorporated Visionledd (now known as WOW – “Working for Orphans & Widows”) with a vision to mobilize the churches of Africa to care for orphans and widows impacted by HIV & AIDS. They saw the Church, both in North America (as funding source) and in Africa (as delivery mechanism), as the critical champions in the fight to care for “the least of these” dying from this devastating pandemic. Because of a long history of engagement with African churches when pastoring King of Kings Church in Jerusalem, Jim was ideally suited to bring the biblical call of righteousness and justice to the pastors’ network he had established in the 1980’s.
For over two decades WOW’s impact has grown to encompass thousands in Africa and India, both as victims of the pandemic, and champions of care in the name of Jesus. The main focus of this unique ministry is “Home Based Care” (HBC) for those infected and affected by HIV, and now by COVID-19. Today WOW is seen as a major player in “visiting orphans and widows in their distress”.

WOW has a singular focus: “caring for orphans and widows in their distress” with a view to playing our part in God’s commitment to be “Father to the fatherless and defender of widows” (Ps. 68:5).
Our calling, therefore, is to provide Home Based Care (HBC) to the vulnerable and dying – the “least of these” as Jesus put it (Mt. 25:40-45).

Our funding is focused on several vital areas of need attached to HBC such as medicine, twice weekly visits from trained church-based volunteers, transport to clinics and hospitals when needed, food security and bicycles for volunteers, and regular monitoring and evaluation. It is comprehensive and bathed in consistent prayer. Indeed, our ministry is predicated on both teaching and practicing the love of God for the “weakest link”.

How We Spend Money

Our promise to you:
Your generous support is disbursed with integrity

Administration: This is how we “keep the lights on” and ensure every dollar is spent strategically and with integrity. 

Awareness & Fundraising: Letting you know what the needs are and how to make a difference in the life of an orphan and widow.

Program: Implementing, monitoring and evaluating Home Based Care on the ground is the end result of your gift and the reason we exist!

Our promise to you:
Your generous support is disbursed with integrity

Currently, we are involved in South Africa, Malawi, and Zambia.

We have recently extended our ministry reach to orphans and widows fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. A network of churches in western Ukraine and eastern Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia have opened their facilities as refugee centres. The big need is food. So WOW is helping fund the purchase of groceries, feeding these precious souls in their flight to freedom.

Everything we do is in partnership with local churches and dedicated to community transformation.

Most, but not all, of our volunteers, are women, many of them vulnerable widows themselves. A critical feature of our care is the mitigation of gender-based violence. Every church in our ministry orbit has become a champion of young women and girls.

We operate modestly but effectively and have done so for over 20 years. An audited financial statement is available on request.

Jim Cantelon Today tv is the
“Official Voice” of WOW

Every program focuses on the gospels in a verse-by-verse study that is both comprehensive and inspiring. Cantelon’s perspective is unique in that he planted the “King of Kings” church in Israel and lived in Jerusalem with his family for seven years. He knows the country, the culture, and the history of Israel intimately, bringing these insights to his gospel exposition.

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