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In Memory of Bill Parker

There are times when we lose a person who has dug deep in the lives of many and impacted lives again and again.


Bill Parker spent almost 20 years investing in the work and mission of WaterStep.

His work, passion, friendship, and vision to see people grasp God’s grace, mercy, and love through safe water has saved lives.

Around the world, in developing countries and with people whom Bill has worked in disasters all mourn his loss and yet celebrate the moments he has spent with us.



To Sherry, Jessica, Josh, Matt and the family, our tears will make a lake of their own.

And the joy and laughter of memories will echo for years to come.


We love you Bill.
You have hit a new WaterMark.
Safe journey.



Please join us on Thursday, January 11 at Northeast Christian Church (9900 Brownsboro Road, Louisville KY) to celebrate Bill’s life and share how he loved you. Visitation 2:30-4:30. Service at 5:00. Dinner following service. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to www.WaterStep.org or www.thegatheringlouisville.org.



Bringing Smiles Back

Senegal 10Motivated by a call to serve, Zacharie Tossou with the Global Solidarity Initiative in Senegal is partnering with WaterStep to open WaterStep’s first training center and storehouse in Africa. This new expansion will enable our African partners in 11 different countries to have access to WaterStep’s life-saving technology and hands-on training in water treatment, sanitation and health education, thus reducing the number of people who die daily from a waterborne illness. In addition, this training center in Dakar will be a place where educators from across Senegal can be trained on how to install and maintain safe water systems and health education in local schools, beginning in the city of Touba.

The needs are URGENT. Zacharie works with thousands of street children, an extremely vulnerable population, who survive by begging. They lack food, healthcare, safe water and health and hygiene education. The water they drink is simply NOT SAFE. Thousands of children are susceptible to waterborne illness and without healthcare, these children will die if they don’t have access to safe water. His mission is to save lives by providing safe water, putting an end to the childrens’ begging and bringing smiles back.

Your support is essential in providing Africa with WaterStep’s life-saving technology. The cost of this expansion is $30,000. You can be proud that your END OF YEAR CONTRIBUTION will empower families and communities in 11 different countries to not only survive but thrive. Thank you for joing us! You can DONATE NOW!


Puerto Rico Superstar Cindy

WaterStep’s trainer and operator in Puerto Rico Cindy Figueroa trained a team of volunteers last week. A huge shipment including 56 of our disaster response kits arrived in-country on December 2nd, and some have already been distributed to people serving communities that need safe water. In addition, the bleach makers will provide large quantities of disinfectant for several medical facilities on the island. Big thank you to our friends at GE Appliances – Puerto Rico for providing storage and transportation for the equipment. We are so proud and thankful for this hope and hard work coming together and saving lives with safe water!

Cindy in Puerto Rico