He Spent His Whole Life Bringing People the Most Essential Part of Life – From African Villages to a Thriving Metropolis.

Fresh out of graduate school, Pankaj Parekh flew 9,000 miles to central Africa. There, bright-eyed and hopeful, he spent over a decade bringing clean drinking water to joyful villages, a beautiful life commingled with the heartache of civil unrest, guerrilla warfare and mass graves. He returned to Los Angeles and worked to bring fresh water to the millions of Angelenos that sustain a much bigger village. Even after suffering paralysis from a motorcycle accident, Dr. Parekh saw his job as a calling – and that is very encouraging. Pankaj Parekh passed away in January 2014, but his story is one you should see. Click play on the video below!

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.