12 March 2013 by James Hoh CM-
T.S.R.M stands for Training, Services, Revenue and Mission. T.S.R.M coined by Rev Tang is made up for sustainable social enterprises for the purposes of training orphans, elderly and disabled people, by providing a platform for them to serve others. In so doing, it would churn out revenue to support themselves and other ministries while reaching out to the communities with the Gospel.
This idea was mooted by Rev Tang to support the ministries he started many years ago. He feeds and typically looks after 120 people from the four-year- old orphan to the 85-years-old homeless.
Visiting “Transit Baget Hotel”
I had the privilege of visiting a few of these enterprises recently. The first place we went was Transit Baget Hotel at Kota Warisan tucked away in the quiet town of Sepang close to KL International Airport and Low Cost Carrier Terminal, Sepang.
Transit Baget Hotel is a budget inn for those who are on transit between flights and those who want to rest for a few hours while waiting for their odd-hour flight.
I noticed there are three unique features upon arriving at the inn.
Firstly, greenery adorn the entrance which make the environment made the place so comfortable and cooling.
Secondly, the hotel is clean and neat, well taken care of by an elderly man. Rev Tang explained: “Sometimes you can see one or two disabled people here at the counter or doing minor cleaning up. We use their services whenever and wherever we can because they find hard to get a job elsewhere. Many European visitors were impressed with this.”
Lastly, Christian tracts can be available at the reception counter.
Rev Tang welcomes Pastoral staff and missionaries to use the inn for resting prior their flights. He added, “We extend our support to them by giving them a very special rate.”
The services include transportation to and fro the hotel and airport for guests if they need it. He said, “Sometimes I drive the van or car to fetch them from the airport as I get a chance to share Jesus with them.”
Visiting Joy Fish Farm
From Kota Warisan, we proceeded to a place near Puchong Mas which is deep inside Puchong Utama. Joy Fish Farm consists of three man-made ponds and a natural pond that is a disused tin mine.
The place is taken care of by two men, one who has learning disabilities and an elderly man. Rev Tang termed this concept of combination of the two as “Double Sword” （双剑）because they can do a lot of work when they combine and complement each other’s strengths.
Rev Tang said, “They were useless in the eyes of the society and family, but we can use their services for our projects to raise funds for themselves and other ministries. This way, they feel they are useful.”
Currently they were breeding Talapia fish to be sold to the Giant Supermarket chain and some Chinese restaurants. Joy Fish Farm supplies 20 Talapia fish to the students in Bible College Malaysia each week, said Rev Tang. He hopes to do more for them.
There are about 80,000 Talapias at the three artificial ponds. Joy Fish Farm which is not too far from the city welcomes home cells, youth groups and churches for the experience of catching fish. The farm also provide babeque-ing facilities and visitors are welcome to give them a love offering.
Rev Tang suggested that pastors and home group leaders could share and relate the restoration story of Peter and Jesus having breakfast at the shore of the Sea of Tiberias (John 21:12-19).
Visitors would be able to taste the freshness of the fish. Incidentally, Talapia is also known as “Peter fish” in Israel as Talapia was the type of fish Jesus grilled for Peter.
“Anyone could come and feed the fish. If you need some time to think through an issue or if you are suffering from ‘burn-out’, come help feed the fish. You will be de-stressed, experience joy and maybe even get a solution for your problem!” Rev Tang added.
2nd Hand Shops
The two 2nd hand shops was a mere 15 minutes walk from the Joy Fish Farm. It is located at ground floor of a low cost flat in Puchong Mas. Here Rev Tang’s parent meant the shops.
Rev Tang said “The shops are full of 2nd-hand items and people in the neighborhood like to buy from us because for a RM10 they would buy 3 items where in the supermarket they only can buy 1 item.”
My last visit for the day ended with a visit to ‘Cucur Atap’, a small Bonsai Garden in Puteri Mart, Puchong. It is taken care of by Rev Tang’s brother who loved the art.
Rev Tang said that while he started all the other enterprises, “Bonsai is something I dread because the amount of patience needed to groom the plants. My brother seems to have that ability and passion for this.”
Bonsai can easily grow in our living hall and it softens the environment too, he said.
Deli Joy Bakery
Deli Joy Bakery in University Indah, Seri Kembangan is operated by orphans who have graduated from the orphanage at the age of 18. Rev Tang said baking skills can be learned from as young as 12 years old and this is the type of skills that can help orphans to be financially independent. Most of them became believers in Christ when they were brought to the church.
Now I understand why Rev Tang said that, “Our Gospel is not complete without social works.”
I remembered this from Isaiah 58:6-12 (NKJV):
6 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
9 Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
“If you take away the yoke from your midst,
The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
10 If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,
And your darkness shall be as the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you continually,
And satisfy your soul in drought,
And strengthen your bones;
You shall be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.
12 Those from among you
Shall build the old waste places;
You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,
The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
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