Daisey Dowell, MD
Physician, Lawndale Christian Health Center, Chicago
Tell us about God's specific call on your life for the gospel and care for the poor.
In so many ways God has prepared me for such a time as this. He has used the fires of great adversity and trials to forge an unwavering trust in Him and his calling on my life as a servant to the poor and marginalized both at home and abroad was unmistakable. He has truly done GREAT THINGS for me, and has granted me the privilege of serving Him through the ministry of medicine and as a community activist/advocate --for which I am profoundly humbled, and grateful. Some of the ways in which I endeavor to walk in that calling are: I currently serve as a primary care physician specializing in Pediatrics at the Homan Square site of the Lawndale Christian Health Center on Chicago's westside. In addition to serving as a domestic medical missionary at Lawndale, I also serve as a foreign medical missionary to Haiti as part of El Shaddai Ministry’s, “Haiti Orphan Project” -- where l serve along with other medical and nonmedical personnel to bring medical care along with the Gospel, to orphanages and their surrounding communities in the more remote areas of Haiti. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Ibi People’s Clinic in Nigeria, Africa, I have been actively involved in the development and building of a clinic for their village.
Locally, I serve on the board of directors and actively involved with the founding of The Field School, a multicultural Christian elementary school in a primarily African American, low income community on the west side of Chicago. I have also served as volunteer medical consultant to a community healthcare facility, providing counsel in order to help improve their delivery of services, and access to medical care for the underserved residents in the Austin community on the Westside of Chicago where I have lived for over 30 years.
How has being involved in CCHF impacted your life?
Being involved with CCHF has brought me into fellowship with other like-minded believers who daily and sometimes even radically live out the call to serve "the least of these". Through these interactions and hearing their stories, I have felt the challenge and call to really become more intentional, fearless and even more passionate about living out Micah 6:8 "The LORD God has told us what is right and what he demands: "see that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern and humbly obey your God" (CEV). I have become encouraged to watch for and seize the opportunity to serve and share the gospel with the poor and marginalized through the ministry of medicine whenever it presents itself both locally and abroad. I have also become more intentional about working towards reconciliation, and more courageous about taking action when I see injustice.
What is your life verse?
Luke 1:37— “For with God, nothing shall be impossible”. My heart’s prayer is, “Lord, may you be glorified through my life.
Tell us about your family.
I have had the privilege of being the adoring wife of Jasper E. Dowell for the last 35 years, and the proud mother of two beautiful, kind, and compassionate children, Jasmine and Jayson--all of whom love the Lord. Through them, God has healed my heart, beautified my scars and taught me how to love and be loved.
Name three interesting facts about yourself.
1. I am a former military wife and gave birth to our son while living in Germany
2. Sign language is my second language, which I used for many years to serve and share the gospel with the deaf community
3. I was a Chicago Public School teacher for several years before entering the medical school. God opened the door for me to become a physician 20 years after He called me to minister through medicine.