Toronto Practitioners Spread Dafa to Neighboring Cities
On the Western US Experience Sharing Conference on October 21, 2000, Master Li said: "I'd like to take this opportunity to really thank the various levels of government in the United States and Canada for the honors they've bestowed upon us and upon me! (Applause) Under this special circumstance, I can't thank them individually, but I will bring them a wonderful future."
After the main stream society in Canada began to know more about Falun Dafa, more and more kind-hearted Canadians have recognized the value of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance that is promoted in Falun Dafa. During the New Year and Lunar New Year period, more than 50 cities and towns in Ottawa, Great Vancouver Area, and the Province of Ontario have proclaimed "Falun Dafa Week", "Falun Dafa Day", "Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Day" and sent us congratulation letters.
To let more people know the truth about Falun Dafa, practitioners in Toronto grouped up 5 or 6 teams to spread Dafa in the cities that proclaimed Dafa.
1. We should actively tell people about Dafa instead of waiting people to come.
On January 28, 2001, seven of us arrived at the Township of Uxbridge.
It was Sunday with light snow and not many people were on the street. We came to the library and set up the seminar room... etc. We were there to promote Dafa and could not just wait there for people to come. We should actively let people know. There was a theater around and when people came out from the theater, practitioners took this opportunity to give them newspapers. Some showed interest ... During that period of time, more than 30 local residents had come to the introduction seminar in the library. They watched Master's Exercise Teaching Tape and were attracted by the atmosphere and the exercises. At that same time, a practitioner whose English was not fluent collected 70 signatures on the nearby street in about one hour.
2. Since the Chinese government is against it, it must be good. I should take a look.
When we held an introduction session in the library of the Township of Uxbridge on January 27, two media came to interview us. One of the reporters told us: "That day when I was with our editor and just finished reading the report about Falun Gong on Toronto Star [a Toronto newspaper], we received your Fax. I thought since the Chinese government is against it, it must be good. I must check it out."
This reporter agreed with the importance of people's appeal for and support of justice. He quoted words from a German reporter persecuted by the Nazi in World War II: "When they came to our city, I thought it had nothing to do with me and I said nothing. When they came to our street, I thought it had nothing to do with me and I said nothing. When they came to my neighborhood, I thought it had nothing to do with me and I said nothing. When they came to take me, there was no one to say anything for me either."
After we finished the introduction session in the library on the 27th, we drove alone to their main streets, restaurants, and big stores and gave people Dafa newspapers and our workshop schedules so that people who are interested in could contact us.
From this activity, we concluded some experiences about spreading the Fa in small towns:
- It is a very effective way to have the local media report our activity. If we contact them beforehand, their report about Falun Gong and the activity's time and place will have a very good advertisement effect.
- If possible, days before the activity, some practitioners could go to the town to spread out Dafa materials and the activities' schedules to local stores, restaurants, and other public places
- On the day of the activity, some practitioners could use this opportunity to distribute Dafa materials to the activity centers and big stores of the town to let more people know Dafa.
(To be continued)