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Community Matters: Pastor Paul Krueger

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More than 3,000 volunteers have traveled to Hope Village, logging more than 120,000 volunteer labor hours since the 2011 Mouse River flood.

Our Community Matters series features one nominated person each month who stands out in their focus on volunteer service.

How do you choose one person from the 3,000 at Hope Village?

Jennifer Thorgramson tells us why Pastor Paul Krueger is our volunteer of the month in tonight's Community Matters.

"Good morning, Hope Village!"

(Pastor Paul Krueger, Hope Village) "My first thought was, okay am I nuts? My second thought was, but we can do this."

There are those big hearts that seek opportunities to serve.

There are others who open their big hearts when opportunities knock.

(Pastor Paul Krueger, Hope Village) "If it's me to drive this thing, it's going to be okay because you never do something alone."

Hope Village is possible, because one volunteer believed it could happen.

(Pastor Paul Krueger, Hope Village) "When you're willing to say lets do it, the resources, the people, the energy to make that happen will follow."

(Mark Hansen, Rock Rapids, Iowa) "It's been a win-win, the people we help and the guys who go with."

"Oh, we're so glad for people like you who set this up and sent us the good volunteers."

The key to Hope Village, the part that made it special from the beginning, is that it's centralized.

(Mark Hansen, Rock Rapids, Iowa) "It's together here and I like that. After Katrina, we stayed one place and the tools were in another, and so on."

Not only bringing people and tools together, but bringing disaster response TEAMS together.

(Pastor Paul Krueger, Hope Village) "We have met some of the best people in the whole world. Great people who are willing to sacrifice for people they don't even know."

Those groups would have been here with or without Hope Village.

What Pastor Paul's idea in Hope Village did, was offer one place for those teams to work together so that each organization's strength was supported.

(Pastor Paul Krueger, Hope Village) "When there was great heartache, great pain, while everyone else was walking away, the Lord Jesus walked in and said, 'Here I am.' If Jesus would do that, then that's what His church needs to do. Would I do it again? Absolutely. Because people count. People matter. If you have the abilities to help them out, then Heaven forbid if you don't step up and do it."

For Community Matters, in Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.

To nominate a special volunteer in your area for the Community Matters series, visit our website at kxnet.com.

Pastor Paul Krueger was also awarded the Souris Basin Planning Council 2013 Basil O'Connell Community Leadership Award, nominated for that regional award by Mayor Curt Zimbelman.

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