Have you ever heard of Brother S. J. Berchmanns? You might not know him, yet he is a famous Tamil Gospel songwriter, singer and preacher. A quick search on the internet shows many playlists with his songs. He also heads a large network of churches called “Jesus with Us.” Brother Berchmanns is a former Catholic Priest who left the Catholic church and turned a Charismatic Minister.
Some years ago, brother Berchmanns requested our team in India for a copy of Derek's book Prayers and Proclamations in Tamil, which they gladly sent to him. Last month, our DPM India outreach directors, Elsie and Danny met him, and when they did, an amazing discovery was made. Elsie shares:
“I was telling him about the ministry we are doing through church and Derek Prince Ministries and it suddenly occurred to me that it would be good if he could write a song and sing it – based on Derek's proclamation about the Power of the Blood.
When I suggested that to him, he told me something that shocked me – he has written and published several hundreds of songs, based on every proclamation in the book! And to think that people have been singing these songs in Tamil churches throughout Tamil Nadu and the world was amazing.
It made me think... This is one more of the ways that God’s promise to Derek Prince about ‘the mighty ocean’ is being fulfilled!!”