Man with terminal cancer mysteriously cured while working to restore old church

A Minnesota man with terminal cancer was  miraculously cured while working to restore an old, abandoned church that needed  as much as care as he did.

Greg Thomas of Montgomery, Minnesota, was  diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in his head and neck three years ago, KARE11 News  reports. He has since had difficult swallowing and uses a feeding tube for  nutrition.

Now, after spending months restoring the old  wood-framed chapel, his cancer is believed to be in remission.

Serenity: Greg Thomas, a cancer survivor, works on restoring the 126-year-old church he stumbled upon

Serenity: Greg Thomas, a cancer survivor, works on  restoring the 126-year-old church he stumbled upon

Through the fields: Thomas walks with his dog

Through the fields: Thomas walks with his dog

Thomas, who was 57 at the time of his  diagnosis, was laid off from his job delivering propane.

‘When I found out that I had cancer, they  told my family to go ahead and start planning my funeral,” he told KARE11.

To cope with his stress he started taking  long walks though the countryside with his dog.

Thomas came across the old church during one  of those walks. The foundation was decaying and the paint was  peeling.

An old chapel: The church was in need of much care when Thomas found it

An old chapel: The church was in need of much care when  Thomas found it

He attempted to go inside the chapel when he  first noticed it, but it was locked. So he sat on the steps for a  while.

Built in 1868 by Catholic Czech settlers who  later moved to a bigger parish, the old Church had not housed a congregation in  more than a century.

One day, Thomas decided to reach out to the  few people living close to the church.

Restoration: The church now sits in the same place with a new exterior

Restoration: The church now sits in the same place with  a new exterior

Salvation: With his cancer in remission, Thomas continues to work on the church

Salvation: With his cancer in remission, Thomas  continues to work on the church

He was out of work, and thought fixing up the  structure would give him a sort of sanctuary.

‘He went to a neighbor and said he wanted to  paint the church, and who does he talk to, so the neighbor sent him to talk to  me,’ Don Rynda, treasurer of the foundation that keeps up the church cemetery,  told KARE11.

Thomas went to repairing the church soon  after.

Now the old chapel is freshly clothed in  white and Thomas’s cancer is in remission.

Thomas said he plans to continue his work on  the church, moving on to the roof and the interior next.

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