Hi, my name is Swapnil Pawar. I was born in Christian family on January 5, 1991. My father belonged to a Pentecostal church but lived like a formal Christian and my mother was a roman catholic. When I came into this world, I didn’t know which denomination I belonged to. I thank God for His grace towards me and for saving me for His glory. My father was very conscious towards me and my future. He loved me and cared for me and same was with my mother. I was very loved by both my parents. My mother was a home maker and my father was a bank manager. That means I had a very luxurious life as I was their only child. At that time I felt I was the most special child in this world. I celebrated my birthday twice in a year. I wasn’t a good student though. All my friends came first in class….well I also came first but from the bottom. Hehe… I didn’t know how to study and only knew how to write my name. So was my life.
Then came a turning point in my life which was hard to forget in flesh but by the grace of God it was made possible for me. My mother fell in love with another man, some politian, and my father was suffering from a heart problem and was always admitted in the hospital. No one was there to take care of him. One day my mother took me to a person’s house and left me there for a period of time. They behaved badly with me and treated me like a servant. After their kids finished eating the food, I would get the left over from their plates. I was made to sleep with their dog. I cried endlessly but no one cared for me. What a life I used to live and now I was reduced to this state where I was mistreated to such an extent. They also used to beat me up with an iron rod and threatened to make me a blind beggar. After some time one day I was cleaning the porch and I saw my mother coming. I was so happy to see her that I started dancing and thought to myself that finally she’ll take me away from this place. But when she came she told me that my father had passed away and I had to attend his funeral. She told me in such a manner that I wondered whether she really is my mother or someone else. When I saw my father’s body at the hospital I broke down completely and on my knees I asked him why he left me alone. That was the time I realized the dark jungle my life had become. After my father’s funeral my mother took me to Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh, India) to my grandmother’s house and said to me that she’s going for some official work to Kolkata and will be back in four days. That time I was 9 years old.
The Bible says “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or have no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these mothers may forget; But as for me, I’ll never forget you!” – Isaiah 49:15. After she left me my life started at my grandma’s house. My grandma always took me to church. My grandparents were formal Christians and we were a family of twelve members with an income of Rs. 1800. I only had one set of clothes to wear and had to wash it daily.
I started going to church and began participating in church activities. Little by little I started to love my church. One day a pastor came to our church. He was a prophet and after his sermon he began praying for people. Suddenly he came to me and started prophesying on me that God is going to use me mightily and make me His servant. I was wondering what he had said to me because by that time I hadn’t given my life to Jesus. After that our church organized a big convention and I volunteered. I watched big miracles take place and wondered how this all is happening. On the last day my friend and I were standing outside the tent and the speaker said, “Today God is here and he going to love like a mother”. That word touched my heart and suddenly I went for the alter call and felt that Jesus s standing right in front of me and he is hugging me very tightly. I was very happy and that day I surrendered my life to Jesus. From that day forth, growth came into my life. God gave me a call for ministry and started using me for his glory. I was a student in a school and got an opportunity in drama ministry so I joined it and little by little I started converting for ministry.
I was the youngest member and had no special talent but I was always available for God and loved to act. But there was no role for me so my job was to help others, wash their dirty utensils, and give them massages to help them relax. They all used to make fun of me. In 2007 our team went to Agra for a drama performance, I must be around 15 – 16 years old, and when we came back they all left me. I used to cry because I felt I didn’t have any talent. After this I was fully devoted to the Lord. My family also left me because I was not attending school. I felt abandoned and all alone. Then one day a pastor who was a speaker for a special occasion in church kept his hand on me and said that God is anointing you with his power and gift. After this my life totally changed and the Lord started using me for his glory.
I’ve preached in almost 87 conventions, retreats and seminars. For more than 6 years I’ve been an assistant pastor in a Pentecostal church in Jabalpur. I’ve also been awarded for being the youngest pastor in Jabalpur by Isai Mahasang (Jabalpur). I’ve also been a winner in many singing competitions. All Glory to Jesus!