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.