Falun Dafa Practitioners in Heilongjiang Province Volunteer to Repair the Local Roads and Validate Dafa With their Actions
(Clearwisdom.net) These events happened in a township of Shuangcheng City, Heilongjiang Province.
The fall harvest of 2004 was coming and the dirt roads in the countryside were rough, full of bumps and potholes. On rainy days, the roads were very muddy and difficult to walk on. Every year, the township would organize people to repair the roads before the fall harvest. There was no public welfare fund this year. It was difficult to do things without money and people would not want to do it on their own. The cadres of the villages were having headaches about how to repair the roads. So Falun Dafa practitioners decided to repair the roads for the villages voluntarily. They decided first to repair the main traffic roads of the whole township and to repair the muddiest and the roughest roads.
The road behind the rear wall of the township middle school yard was very low-lying, and every time it rained, the students would have to carry their bicycles and walk through the muddy road for a distance of 100 meters to get to the school. The school administration did not know what to do about this section of road and the township government did nothing about it. Out of consideration for the children, the Dafa practitioners decided to fix this section of road first. More than 100 Dafa practitioners from different villages of the township took part in fixing this section of road, and these practitioners included old grandmas in their 80s and young children 11 years old. The Dafa practitioners volunteered their manpower and carts; they volunteered their families' ox carts, donkey carts, and the small three-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles for repairing the road. In order not to affect the students in their classes, the practitioners worked on Saturdays and Sundays. They hauled the dirt needed for the road repairs from places about a mile away. Later, the school donated the bricks left over from building construction to the practitioners for repairing the road. Thus, the road was fixed. When the students walked on the repaired road, they all knew that the Falun Gong practitioners had fixed the road; they all learned that Falun Dafa is good and that Dafa practitioners are good people. Before this road repair work, it was somewhat difficult to explain the truth about Falun Dafa to the faculty at the school, but the conduct of the Dafa practitioners working together as a group and repairing the road deeply impressed them. Many teachers witnessed the Dafa practitioners' benevolent conduct with their own eyes and they realized that Falun Dafa is good. One teacher said, "The middle school could not do anything and the township government did not do anything; it is Falun Gong who fixed the road."
When the Dafa practitioners had just started the road repair work, the local police station, the public security directors and personnel of various production brigades all came out to monitor the Dafa practitioners. After they saw that every practitioner was doing the road repair work voluntarily and that they were doing such a good deed, they all left.
There was one section of the road that was very difficult to navigate; this section of the road is west of the village where the township government is located. After the road was fixed by the Dafa practitioners, the villagers were very moved. When the drivers passing by saw that the road was repaired to such good condition, they all gave the thumbs-up sign. One villager whose home is next to the road voluntarily adopted that section of road; whenever the road was damaged by passing-by vehicles, he would fix the damage right away and he would tell the passengers, "This road was fixed by Falun Gong practitioners, we cannot casually damage it."
Dafa practitioners were all taking the initiative to fix the roads in their own villages. If any major work was needed, the Dafa practitioners of the neighboring villages would get together to repair the road. There was one Dafa practitioner, who, whenever he obtained a new truth-clarifying VCD, would bring his VCD player and play the VCD to every family. The Party branch secretary of the village also realized that Falun Dafa is good and he was moved when he saw that Dafa practitioners thought about others and took the initiative to voluntarily repair the road; he also led the villagers to participate in the road repairs. He said, "If the authorities want to arrest Falun Gong practitioners again; I will certainly inform you beforehand. There is no reason that such good people should be arrested. I don't care what the government says; Falun Gong is completely redressed here."
The center road through one village had a big depression full of water, and the passing-by vehicles all had to take detours around the village. The Dafa practitioners of the village spent one whole afternoon filling it in. The second day, the Dafa practitioners of the entire township got together to repair the road. When Dafa practitioners walked on the street, the people who saw them shouted, "Falun Dafa is great!"
The head of one village said to a Dafa practitioner, "Please help to repair the roads in our village. If the village does not provide you with a meal, come to my home to eat." One villager offered his bulldozer to repair the road with the Dafa practitioners. Some villagers cooked the meals and provided hot water, small shops offered ice cream bars and spring water.
Dafa practitioners fixed the road voluntarily and free of charge. One village decided to reward the Dafa practitioners with 3,000 yuan. They said that the Dafa practitioners could use the 3,000 yuan for any purpose; this money was not enough for paying for the road repairing work--count it as a bonus!
The loudspeakers of a village broadcast, "Falun Gong repaired the roads of our village, and it is Falun Gong who truly paves the grand path!"
The Dafa practitioners also came to realize that validating Dafa with concrete actions by means of repairing the roads achieved a very good effect. Some practitioners who were not as diligent, and who had a mentality of fear and dared not to come out before, came out on their own initiative; those who dared not to clarify the truth before also came out and started to clarify the truth of Falun Dafa. Dafa practitioners all had a righteous mentality; they did not ask for any reward and they brought their own meals. When they took breaks, they sent forth righteous thoughts together and shared experiences. They were very clear on the basic point that this work was not for doing good deeds for ordinary society; this was for validating Dafa. In this way, they truly demonstrated the magnificence of Dafa.