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Alex allows the girls of Honduras to attempt to make him pretty!

The Shewey Family

The Shewey family’s commitment to serving others and their belief in caring for those in need has always been at the core of their values. They have cherished memories of their time serving on the mission field, spreading the Gospel and making a difference in people’s lives.

When Stacy, the matriarch of the family, started Hands 4Life, her husband and three children eagerly joined her in her mission to share the message of God’s love from “womb to tomb.” Their oldest son, Alex, had recently completed his aviation management degree and had set his sights on becoming Hands 4Life’s missionary pilot. He was determined to use his skills and passion for flying to support the organization’s work.

However, tragedy struck on June 5, 2022, when Alex accidentally fell 90 feet into a stone quarry. The Shewey family was devastated by the loss, but they rallied together, drawing strength from their faith, knowledge, and the promises of God that sustained them in their darkest hours.

In the wake of Alex’s passing, it became evident just how deeply he had touched the lives of those around him. His circle of influence was vast, and his absence created a void that highlighted his extraordinary character. Friends and family members all shared a common theme when describing Alex—he had a heart like Jesus. He loved unconditionally, without judgment. Alex was the kind of person who would listen when you needed someone to talk to and cry with you in times of pain. He had a deep compassion for the less fortunate and would stand up against injustice. He was a protector of the vulnerable.

In the aftermath of his untimely death, people from all walks of life began reflecting on their own mortality and the impact they have on others. Alex’s legacy went beyond his immediate circle, reaching millions across the globe. A LinkedIn post made by his mother, Stacy, garnered an astonishing 4.5 million views and received over 60,000 comments. Through this post, Alex’s life and the values he embodied became a topic of contemplation and inspiration for people worldwide. His influence was expanding, and he was changing the world on a grand scale, just as he had done during his time on Earth. God was using Alex as a catalyst for love, compassion, and genuine friendship among people.

Alex’s unwavering love for others left a lasting impression on all who knew him. The Shewey family is confident that when Alex arrived in heaven, God welcomed him with open arms, saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Welcome to your eternal home.”

In honor of Alex’s remarkable life, the elders of Hands 4Life Nigeria decided to name the first intergenerational home after him. This home would serve as a visual reminder of Alex’s deep love for the two generations they sought to support—the orphan children and seniors. The family eagerly anticipates the day when they can cut the ribbon on this intergenerational home, knowing that Alexander and Jesus will be watching from above, smiling down on this remarkable project that embodies love, compassion, and the legacy Alex left behind.

The Shewey family’s story is one of resilience, faith, and the power of hope. It serves as an inspiration to others to embrace compassion and kindness, leaving a positive impact on the world. Through their organization, Hands 4Life, and their dedication to serving others, the Shewey family continues to honor Alex’s memory and carry forward his mission of love.

62% of people over 60 years of age live in developing countries; by 2050 this number will have risen to 80%.

The Global Aging Crisis

As nations worldwide struggle to prepare for this global aging crisis, developing countries are particularly at risk of lacking the adequate healthcare, housing, and other services an aging population requires.  

Drawing on Stacy’s experience in the assisted living industry, partnerships with established humanitarian organizations, and with a firm reliance on God’s word and His grace, Hands 4Life is committed to ensuring the two most vulnerable age groups – the young and old – are protected, nurtured and loved in a life-changing way.