A Life of Service

Hortense Yolanda McDowell was a woman of God and a strong supporter of CEF through volunteering. She had four children whom she loved dearly: Matthew, Yolanda-Renee, Mark St., and Marshall John. Her children described her as: honorable, an obedient servant of God, a mighty prayer warrior, teacher of teachers, evangelist to children, encourager, a virtuous woman, and an example of Christlikeness. She worked countless hours for 30 years as a missionary to children teaching Good News Clubs. Many of Chicago’s Good News Club teachers taught by her in the TCE (Teaching Children Effectively) courses she taught. She was committed to sharing the Gospel and presenting the Gospel at family gatherings on holidays.

Outside of CEF Hortense was committed to living a life of service. She taught Sunday school, Sunday school superintendent, and Missionary teacher for Vacation Bible School. She also had a deep yearning for knowledge; she took many courses at Moody Bible Institute along with earning numerous certifications there.

Hortense was born on November 10th, 1935, and sadly, passed away on February 10th, 2021. She was a woman well known and loved for her life of service and leadership, she frequently found a smile and lighthearted nature. We know that Hortense is in the loving arms of our Savior today because of the choice she made to believe in Him as her personal Lord and savior.

We pray today for all the lives that Hortense impacted. Her passion was to give others the opportunity to personally know their Creator. We pray that God would turn their hearts towards Him because of her impact. And that on the day they pass away they would rejoice alongside our sister Hortense because of her faithfulness to evangelize. We can celebrate that she is now in her heavenly home where we know we will be able to meet with her once again someday.