People Impressed by Practitioners' Volunteer Efforts to Help Shorthanded Farmers at Harvest Time
(Clearwisdom.net) Autumn is the high season on farms and everyone is very busy. Because of the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), many farms are shorthanded because many farmers are practitioners who have been detained. To ease the workload, some city practitioners decided to help practitioners who have been persecuted and are shorthanded during harvest time.
Even though these city dwellers were not familiar with farm work, with the guidance of experienced practitioners, they quickly learned the farm work. Although such work is tiring and dirty, practitioners did not shy away from any task. They worked hard and diligently and completed the work within a short time.
During lunch breaks, the practitioners drank water and ate the sack lunches which they brought themselves. Since many practitioners had come along and everyone worked hard and as one body, the work was done quickly, work that would usually take many days for most people. These practitioners not only helped their fellow practitioners, but also their relatives who are not practitioners. One would not see such voluntary activities anywhere else. Practitioners' actions helped these farmers see the goodness of Falun Dafa.
Because of the CCP regime, the relationships among people have deteriorated as people are filled with selfish thoughts. When a farmer is shorthanded during autumn harvest, one generally has to hire help, entertain them and serve good food. Otherwise, the work would not be done well.
One practitioner who is a farmer told us that last year his family was rather shorthanded. This family asked some people from the same village and relatives to help. Even though they are relatives and neighbors, his family had to pay between 40 to 50 yuan and provide lunch and dinner. The practitioner's family finished cooking lunch and worried that there was not enough time to finish dinner, they cooked dinner, too. Alas, at dinnertime, the helpers believed that they were given left overs from lunch. Therefore, these people badmouthed this family throughout the village. This was a very awkward situation.
Conversely, practitioners in the city realized the difficult situation of their countryside practitioners, organized voluntarily, and assisted in the farm work. There was no thought of loss, gain, or burden. This compassionate act not only moved the practitioners family members, but also their fellow villagers, who could not help but be astonished by this selfless act.
Falun Dafa is good. People need Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and this was amply proven during this busy harvesting season to non-practitioners and the seed for a good life was planted in their hearts.