My Little Restaurant Is a Great Place to Talk about Falun Dafa
(Minghui.org) My family started to get along really well after I began practicing Falun Dafa, and my little restaurant became very profitable. Some practitioners say my restaurant is a gold mine. Others say that it has played a huge role in helping people learn about Falun Dafa and the persecution.
I opened the restaurant in 2007 with the help of my son. We get a lot of customers since the restaurant is located on a busy intersection near two schools.
At first I was very cautious about talking to people about Falun Dafa. I felt I had to choose the right moment. We get lots of small change at the restaurant, and I wrote “Quit the Party to Protect Yourself,” “Falun Dafa Is Good,” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance Is Good” on the smaller denomination bills.
I gave them in change to the students and took the opportunity to talk to them. Some of them decided to quit the CCP and its affiliated organizations. About three to five students quit each day.
However, after they learned that I practice Falun Dafa, some of them said they would no longer eat at my restaurant. When I heard that, my attachment to making money surfaced.
After looking inward, I studied the Falun Dafa teachings to put my thoughts in order and sent forth righteous thoughts to get rid of my attachments. When my mind was clear, I was not moved by the negative words and believed that people who came to my restaurant were fortunate, because they wanted to know about Falun Dafa.
I renovated the restaurant in 2010 to be cleaner, brighter, and more spacious. I also added more items to the menu. More people--delivery boys, recyclable collectors, grain collectors, travelers, and people waiting for the bus--came in, and I talked to them about Falun Dafa.
A long-distance coach driver from Liaoning Province came into my restaurant two years ago. I asked him if he had heard about quitting the CCP. He said he had seen messages about it on paper currency but did not understand what it meant.
I explained, “Many Party members are very corrupt. They persecute Falun Dafa practitioners and harvest their organs for profit. The CCP will eventually collapse. You can protect yourself from future disasters by renouncing the Party.”
The driver said he hated the CCP and was a member of the Young Pioneers and the Youth League and wanted to quit them. I suggested that he recite “Falun Dafa is good” to protect himself and gave him a Shen Yun Performing Arts DVD. He thanked me and said he would watch it on the bus.
My husband saw how I talked to the driver and was very touched. I said we needed to save people like that man. It is so gratifying when they understand that Falun Dafa is good.
The health department inspected on all the eateries in the nearby villages this spring. After inspecting my restaurant, they said that it was very rare to see such a clean place. I took the opportunity to tell them good things about Falun Dafa.
Mr. Hou gathers rice and always comes to my restaurant during the harvest season. He has already quit the CCP and said that he feels safe eating the food I prepare because I'm a good and honest person and my restaurant is clean. I give him a copy of the new Shen Yun Performing Arts DVD every year, and he loves to watch it.
Another customer who eats at my restaurant said he chose to come to my place because it looked cleaner than the other places he used to frequent. He quit the Party after I talked to him about Falun Dafa and the persecution.
Sometimes I chat with people waiting for the bus outside the restaurant. Many of them renounce the Party after they hear the about Falun Dafa and the persecution.
An officer from our local police station visited my restaurant. He said, “I envy you. You have a good family and you seem to enjoy life.” I told him Falun Dafa gave me blessings and good fortune. “Had I not practiced, my family would not be this happy, and I would still suffer from all kinds of illnesses. Fifteen years of practice has given me good health, and, because I'm the breadwinner, my family depends on me to be healthy.”
I told him that Falun Dafa teaches us to put others first, and, in turn, this will benefit our family and society. I told him to learn more about Falun Dafa and stop persecuting practitioners. He said he would like to talk to me more when he has the time.
I take Falun Dafa literature and Shen Yun DVDs with me when I leave the house. My son says that I talk about Falun Dafa everywhere I go. I told him it is because I want to let as many people as possible know about the practice.
Sometimes I distribute literature and Shen Yun DVDs with another practitioner at local fairs or in nearby villages. We can usually get a dozen people to renounce the Party. My son notices more people come to our restaurant when I distribute materials.
There are times when things don't go well. I've noticed that when my mindset is not good, when I don't study the Falun Dafa teachings enough, or when I lack righteous thoughts, people don't want to listen to me. During the past 7 years, customers on three separate occasions wanted to report me to the police, but nothing ever happened.
Over the past 15 years, I have experienced Master's tremendous compassion and the wonders of Dafa. I hope to be more diligent and let more people recognize the goodness of Dafa.