Our Lord had a very great and specific purpose to begin Jebathottam Ministry (Prayer Garden Ministry) in a small village Periyanarikkotai near Kalayarkoil in Sivaganga District by 1990 through his servant Father.S.J.Berchmans. God opened the hearts of Periyanarikkottai people for doing possible help and cooperation for the beginning of this ministry. Jebathottam campus slowly developed, thousands of people swarm from Ramnad and Sivaganga districts to participate in all-night prayers which was conducted on every Wednesday. At first the ministry was started in a small tent. Every day prayers and worship services were conducted. Then the Wednesday night prayer was changed to Saturday morning. Then on every second Saturday ‘Praise fasting prayer’ was organized in Jebathottam campus to pray for our nation and for the people. The glory of God showered upon the people with miracles, healings and deliverance. By the out pouring of Holy Spirit thousands of people were reborn in Christ, sanctified, delivered and got redeemed.
As an instrument in the hands of God, Father was blessed with more new songs of praise. With the vision “Glorifying God through praise” the songs were composed and released as Jebathotta Jeyageethangal (Prayer Garden songs). The songs widely reached into all various churches. Sis. Lucilla, the mother, is managing the production and distribution of Jebathotta Jeyageethangal cassettes, CDs and song books. As a song evangelist Father reached all over Tamilnadu and many countries to spread the gospel of Christ through crusades, worship services and deliverance meetings with the mission word “your sorrow will be turned into joy” (John16:20).
Many committed people joined in this God’s ministry and resided in the campus. Through the pure guidance of Holy Spirit Fr.S.J.Berchmans found out and trained the ‘called persons’ and sent them to build the kingdom of God by forming prayer groups in various places. Later these prayer groups were formed as churches under the name “Jesus with us church”. Now nearly 500 churches are functioning in Tamilnadu under the Jebathottam Fellowship. To strengthen the Jebathottam fellowship churches and pastors monthly pastors meeting and yearly three days fasting prayers were started. In the public holidays and in the summer holidays special camps were organised separately for youths, Catholic peoples, children, families and for pastors.
By 2002 a hall named ‘Praise Tabernacle’ was built with the seating capacity of 2000 people for the prayers and for the Sunday service. In the jubilee anniversary year 2015 a fully air conditioned hall was built in a classroom setup for the use of bible studies. With the vision ‘healthy seeds, wealthy harvest’ 21-days residential Bible training camp started in 2016. Till now 175 servants were trained and sent as seed to their places and churches to bring out a healthy harvest. Recently a new building with the name ‘Bible Training Centre’ is built with best boarding facilities, to conduct more residential camps and bible schools.
From the beginning of the ministry a church is functioning for the local town people named Jebathottam church. Sunday service (8.00am to 11.00am), every Tuesday fasting prayer and regular prayers every day in the morning are being held. From 2016 Pr. Mohanraj, with three associates Pr.Anand, Pr.Jabez and Pr.Ruban overseer the church. Since prayer is the foundation for the successful ministry, a Prayer partner’s network named Jebathottam Jebasenai was started through Bro.Vedamuthu and Sis.Christy. Now around 10,000 prayer partners were raised, and sincerely they are monitored. Regularly one hour in a week partners are praying for Jebathottam Ministries.
Today this Jebathottam Ministry, a duly registered body with the government as Jebathottam Trust is being governed by a trust board comprising of two members including Fr.S.J Berchmans and Sis.Lucilla as the managing trustees. It has two offices in Tamilnadu, one at Jebathottam campus, administered by Bro.Joseph, the Manager and the other in Chennai by Sis.Lucilla where Jebathotta Jeyageethangal DVD’s, CD’s and song books are being produced.