A Flier Leads a Couple to Falun Gong
(Clearwisdom.net) By chance, a flier led Lina Richaud and her husband, Abrahame Ibanez, to get to know Falun Gong. Since then, during their process of gradually learning Falun Gong, they have come to understand the true meaning of life.
Lina and her husband Abrahame are both engaged in the field of photography. How did they come into contact with Falun Gong? The story dates back several years ago.
"The first time I heard about Falun Gong was in 2006," Lina said, "One night, my husband read an article on the Internet. It was about Falun Gong being persecuted in China and about how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) harvests organs from living Falun Gong practitioners. At the same time, we found that Falun Gong was persecuted only by the Communist regime. Then we became very interested in Falun Gong, which provided us a good opportunity to learn more about it.
"That night, my husband and I tried to download the instructional video of the five sets of exercises from the Falun Gong website. However, due to the language barrier, we didn't succeed. In addition, we didn't find the exercise site in the city we lived in. This hinderance resulted in the delay of our journey with Falun Gong, and several years passed by in a flash," Lina said with regret.
"Then, several incidents changed our life two years later," said Lina. Remembering this, Lina said with a smile, "In the fall of 2008, my husband and I came to Houston from Mexico. We planned to settle here to start a new life. We made an appointment with a local artist who became our friend later. He had an art gallery which is located near the Chinese consulate. Then he moved away and we rented the same office.
"A few weeks after, as my husband and I left the office early in the afternoon, we saw two ladies who were practicing Falun Gong near the Chinese consulate. We realized at once that they were Falun Gong practitioners and we understood why they were there. Therefore, we walked towards them without any doubt and then told them that we wanted to learn more about Falun Gong. They gave us a flier and some related materials. After that, we started to visit the Falun Gong websites. Over the following weekend, we went to the exercise site in the park, began to study the Fa, and learned how to do the exercises. We watched the videotapes of Master Li Hongzhi, and started to study Zhuan Falun. In this way, we became students of Falun Gong.
"When my husband and I happened to meet Falun Gong practitioners, we didn't feel any ackwardness although we were total strangers. They are so nice, and we felt very comfortable in their presence."
More than half a year passed quickly and Lina has experienced more and more of the benefits of Falun Dafa. She is very grateful to walk the path of cultivation. She said, "The Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance of Falun Gong is the Great Law of the cosmos. It can enhance people's spirit, mentality, and bring physical purification. No matter where you come from, Falun Gong can guide you to self cultivation." She continued, "Having learned Falun Gong, I understand the importance and necessity of looking inside under any circumstance, and I feel happy to look inside."
Lina also mentioned, "A flier can lead my husband and me into the Fa. Although a flier seems to be very simple and nothing more than a flier, it indeed plays an important, significant role. I would like to use this method [of distributing fliers] in order to clarify the truth and introduce Dafa to more people."
Introverted Abrahame said, "In the past, I always lived in delusion. But now, Falun Gong makes me understand the true meaning of life."
June 30, 2009