Welcome to the Sparrows Nest

27 Jul

I am Vijay Anand Ismavel, a pediatric surgeon working at Makunda Christian Hospital (www.makunda.in), a remote rural Christian mission hospital in the state of Assam in northeast India. My wife, Ann Miriam, an anesthesiologist, works with me in the same hospital. We went there in 1992, a year after our marriage in December 1991, in response to a request to restart this closed down hospital. The hospital was taken over by the Emmanuel Hospital Association (www.eha-health.org) in 1992 and we joined in 1993. We have been here since then (excluding a period of 3 years when we were at the Christian Medical College at Vellore doing our postgraduate studies). We have seen God at work in our lives as well as in the lives of colleagues, students and patients who have come to this hospital over the years and consider it a privilege to be a part of this wonderful work. I am also keenly interested in photography (especially birds) and it has been a great experience walking around the large campus here discovering and photographing all sorts of insects, plant life, birds and mammals. Our two daughters, Hannah (14) and Deborah (9) stay with us and study at the Makunda Christian High School which was started by the hospital in the same campus.

We have had great encouraging experiences as well as times of discouragement in the past 20 years. Whenever we went through difficulties we were reminded of the song, “His eye is on the sparrow…” ; hence the name of this site. God reminds us that He is always watching over us.

We look forward to sharing thoughts on work, photography, wildlife, medicine and any others that come to mind on this site.

2 Responses to “Welcome to the Sparrows Nest”

  1. Alan July 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    And God continues to use His willing Sparrows to bring much blessings, relief and hope to so many of His people. The sacrifices and services of your family is noted and much appreciated and rewards are undoubtedly laid up in store for you. Indeed He watches over you, your work and ministry !

  2. Amy and Arpit Mathew July 29, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    Great to see this Dr. Vijay! The blogosphere is an excellent place to disseminate some of the amazing ideas and vision that you have been blessed with. Makunda is truly a beacon of light in the darkness mainly thanks to your involvement there over the last 20 years. May God continue to bless your life and ministry there and through you many other people. We look forward to reading this space and travelling with you from afar. God Bless!

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