Faith in Action: Benham Brothers Put WWII Veteran's Family in Free Home

( [email protected] ) Jun 10, 2014 05:06 PM EDT
The Benham Brothers
Brothers David and Jason Benham's TV show, Flip It Forward, was cancelled following their statements opposing homosexuality. (AP)

As devout Christians, David and Jason Benham take the Biblical concept "faith without works is dead" very seriously.

As part of their relationship with Bank of America and its Nehemiah Community partner, the Benhams help refurbish condemned homes and resell them at a significantly discounted rate to veterans and their families.

When Patricia Shines, the widow of a WWII veteran in Charlotte, North Carolina, was handed the keys of her home, she was told by Bank of America representatives, "we are here for a very special reason and that reason is to announce to you today that you're not buying this home today. We are giving you this home today. You are receiving a mortgage free home today on behalf of Nehemiah and Bank of America."

After breaking down in tears of gratitude, Shines, whose husband died from cancer last year, expressed her gratitude to all those involved, saying she can't wait start her new life in Charlotte, Fox News reports.

The widow has experienced tragedy in her past, as her 21 year old son, who was also a veteran, was killed in a drunk driving accident along with his wife.

"You have to put your faith in God. I don't know how people who lose a child manage without God," said Shines.

Shine's grandchildren say their grandmother continues to find joy in everyday life, despite financial hardships.

"That's my whole heart right there. She's been through a lot. You know it's crazy to see her still be so encouraged and giving," said Shines' granddaughter, Alysha Zephir.

David Benham participated in the program, known as "Roofs for Troops," to provide the house for Shines. He, along with his brother, made $55,000 worth of renovations on the home over the span of six month.

"This is the most rewarding part of our job when you are able to give back and not just give back, but give back to someone who has given so much to our country," said Benham.

HGTV recently cancelled the Benhams' upcoming show, Flip It Forward, because of their publicly expressed their Bible-based beliefs concerning homosexuality and abortion.

In response to their show's cancellation, the Benham brothers released a statement, saying that while they were "saddened" by the decision, would not renounce their beliefs, regardless of the consequences.

"With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today, you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show, then so be it."