Grant recipient testimonies

M. SU

M. SU

Two years ago, I went to the COS meeting in Grand Rapids.  Every night, I called my wife and said to her, “these people exist!” I was referring to skilled surgeons who loved God and their families above all else.  This year, my wife was able to come with me and see it for herself.  COS gives us examples of how we want to live our lives and how I want to practice medicine. COS has changed everything!

God has used COS to change the way I hope to practice medicine through the examples of men and women who prioritize their faith and their families far above anything else. In such a competitive specialty, it is so easy to become lost in chasing prestige and fortune.  COS grounds me every year and reminds me of what my true God-given purpose is. I want grant contributors to know that as a medical student, it was imperative that I heard and saw what I experienced at COS; a community of believers that constantly sharpen each other to pursue what we were created to do: Honor God by serving people.  Thank you so very much. I hope one day to be able to pay it forward.

A. ESPINOZA

A ESPINOZA

It was a blessing to be able to go to the COS meeting this year. I had no idea that such an amazing group exists within Ophthalmology. It was an honor to be around so many other like minded physicians who dedicate their lives to serve God and others.

The Grand Rounds Super Bowl was an interesting dynamic added to the conference.

The grants not only have helped renew my commitment to fulfilling our calling to serve others but also was a source of strengthening our marriage. Your generosity to allow and sponsor spouses and families makes a big difference.

K. RUSSELL

K. RUSSELL

My time at COS was an incredible opportunity to connect with residents and attendees from all over the USA. It was a huge blessing to network and get advice about the application process. Furthermore, I enjoyed learning about best practices and advances in ophthalmology.

Thank you so much for making it possible for me to attend COS. It was an awesome opportunity that wouldn't have been possible without the grant. Thank you again!

S. DAVIS

S. DAVIS

I was thrilled and immensely blessed to be able to attend the 2017 COS meeting in Lake Junaluska, NC. As a resident in training, it was encouraging to fellowship with other residents, medical students, and interact with others who are living out their faith in practice each any every day with their patients and staff. I was truly inspired to continue living for Christ in the midst of these often difficult days of training. We must be a light unto those around us in our daily encounters, especially with our patients.

In addition I was grateful to be able to reconnect with the Christian Eye Network folks. What a wonderful resource!

Regarding the Grand Rounds, I enjoyed listening to these very interesting cases once again!

Please know that your generous gifts are so very appreciated! COS is having a ripple effect amongst the young ophthalmologists- reaching more trainees each and every year.

I look forward to the day when I too am able to help fund a young trainee's journey to a COS meeting.

C. MARTINEZ

C. MARTINEZ

I'm grateful for the chance to attend the COS meeting this year. It was a gift to meet ophthalmologists who love our Lord and live to serve Him.

It [the grand rounds] was awesome.

M. GREENWALD

M. GREENWALD

In my first time attending the COS annual meeting, I was blessed to be able to meet many like-minded individuals who are motivated by their love for Christ to advance the field of ophthalmology and love their patients well. I enjoyed the variety of topics, including some from pioneers in the field. I also enjoyed the missionary night, hearing about the work God is doing through individuals and families around the world and how we can help out.

I was profoundly blessed by the support from the society to attend the meeting, not just covering the attendance fees but also the lodging costs and food. Being willing to accommodate my wife as well was an additional blessing. Thanks so much!