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Church gets new roof
The power of prayer and trusting in the Lord was evident last week in Montgomery for Greg Thomas and St. John’s Catholic Church at Budejovice, west of Montgomery.
Big things were happening for both: The church, that Thomas adopted four years ago and is restoring, received new roof.
As workers from Springer Construction of Prior Lake put a watertight roof on the 145-old church, Thomas said it feels like a big weight had been lifted off his shoulders with this step of the restoration.
“It is overwhelming. It is a daunting, daunting task, but the good Lord is pulling it all together,” he said.
Thomas began restoring the tiny, dilapidated church four years ago at the same time he had been diagnosed with stage 4 head and neck cancer.
Last fall, Thomas organized a fundraiser to pay for a new roof. Around the same time, KARE11 aired a story about Thomas’ journey with the church. That story, shared thousands of times online, touched a nerve. More than 300 cards and letters arrived in Montgomery, from across the United States and Canada, containing more than $13,000 in donations.
Even the slate shingles (a $17,000 value) for the new roof were donated by a Kansas City company, Davinci Roofscapes, in exchange for using photos on their website.
Springer said all Thomas would need to pay for was the cost of the labor, approximately $10,000. They even repaired the church’s belltower at no additional cost.
“There’s been so much community interest with this church. It has drawn so much interest,” he said.
Big things were happening to Thomas too. Four years and 23 days after doctors was diagnosed the cancer, they removed the feeding tube he has eaten with and his chest port.
After losing his teeth during treatment, Thomas’ doctors had also told him radiation had weakened his jaw bones to the point they wouldn’t support dentures. The Lord has taken care of that too. Now cancer free, Thomas is getting new teeth.
Today, the new roof is keeping things dry, and Thomas said he can now complete the restoration of the inside of the church. That includes repainting the ceiling, walls, altar, and pews, redoing the wood floors.
Thomas said it has been quite a journey with the church, but it’s not over yet.
“Wait til this gets done. It’s going to be gorgeous,” he said. “It will be beautiful when I get it all done.”