Foster A Missionary!

The Christian Ophthalmology Society announced the launch of the “Foster A Missionary” Program in August 2021.

Every other year a missionary ophthalmologist is chosen by the COS Board to be sponsored by the Society for two years.  

Society members will support the efforts of the “fostered” missionary throughout those two years by various means such as:

  • Making donations for refractive surgeries, or premium cataract surgeries.
  • Donating gently used and new ophthalmic and operating room equipment.
  • Praying for the missionary, their family, and their ministry.
  • Doing something creative to encourage and support them!
  • Including their staff in this opportunity.
  • Highlighting the missionary in their office through “FAM” brochures and sharing with patients about what support can be given to help the missionary’s ministry .

Our first sponsored missionary was Dr. Wendy Hofman, who serves at the Bongolo Hospitial in Gabon.

In June 2023, at the COS Annual Meeting, the COS announced that the sponsored missionary for 2023-25 is Dr. Jonathan (Jono) Pons.  Dr. Pons is serving as Director of Medical Mission Eswatini and Grace Vision Clinic in the African country of Eswatini.

Sponsored Missionary

Jono Pons MD

Dr. Jono Pons and his wife Helen.

If you are a physician and would like to learn how you and your office can support Dr. Pons’ efforts, please click the Physician Portal.

To see Dr. Pons’ prayer letters, please click below.  You can also signup to receive their prayer letter.

If you are a patient and your doctor has shared about how you can support Dr. Pons’ efforts, please click below to learn more.

Updates from Jono: