(Minghui.org) The Yanbian Korean Autonomous Region is located near the border between China and North Korea in eastern Jilin Province. This region contains the largest population of Korean people living in China. From the time the persecution of Falun Gong began on July 20, 1999, many practitioners in the region have stepped out to clarify the truth and validate the Fa.

While facing the persecution, many of these practitioners have experienced phenomena that have shown the extraordinary nature of Dafa cultivation and reminded us that Master is always with us, guiding and protecting us.

Through the course of these events, we have realized that no matter what the circumstances are, as long as we have faith in Master and the Fa and walk our cultivation paths righteously, we will be able to overcome all trials and tribulations.

The following stories are just a three of the countless instances in which, by divine means, practitioners were spared from persecution.

Overcoming Tribulation by Keeping the Mind on the Fa

Elderly practitioner Mr. Hu [alias] went to Beijing at the end of 2000 to tell people about the goodness of Falun Gong and how it has benefited the people. He was arrested and sentenced to forced labor for two years for refusing to give up Falun Gong.

The guards said that they had received an order from higher authorities that all the practitioners in the camp must renounce Falun Gong, and any practitioner who did not would be severely tortured. The death of any practitioner would be recorded as a suicide.

During a violent campaign to force practitioners to give up their belief, Hu was chosen for torture.

On the table were a row of electric batons, serrated clubs, whips made of plastic and an assortment of other torture instruments the guards used on Falun Gong practitioners.

“I will never renounce Falun Gong!” said Mr. Hu.

The guards threatened him, “Do you think you can endure the torture of these tools? No one can endure them. We can kick your eyes out if we want. We will give you three minutes to think about it!”

He paused a moment, remembered Master’s words and replied, “My Master said,

'I am rooted in the universe. If anyone can harm you, he or she would be able to harm me. Put simply, that person would be able to harm this universe.'” (Zhuan Falun).

Hearing that, the guards stared at him and froze. They decided to let him go.

As Mr. Hu walked away, he thought to himself, “This is really the power of Dafa, and the mighty virtue of Master. Everything is within Master’s control. As long as a disciple is acting in accordance with the Fa, he or she can overcome all trials.”

Avoiding a Forced Labor Camp with Righteous Thoughts

Practitioner Ms. Yan [alias] was held at a detention center. She overheard the guards planning to shackle her hands, with one of her arms over her shoulder and the other behind her back.

Ms. Yan sent righteous forth thoughts to dissolve the evil controlling the guards and asked for Master’s assistance. With this righteous thought, three good-sized male guards could not pin her down and get the shackles on her arms. In the ensuing six sessions of interrogation, the guards could not get Ms. Yan to disclose any information, and they didn’t physically abuse her.

Because the guards failed, they sent her to a forced labor camp. On her way to the camp, Ms. Yan searched inside and found her attachment to zealotry. She said to Master in her heart, “I am sorry Master. I will not betray Dafa even though they are sending me to the labor camp. If they let me go home, I will do my best going forward.”

When she arrived at the camp, she did not pass the medical exam and was sent home. She knew that Master had helped her again.

Miraculous Flight from Detention with Master’s Protection

Practitioner Ms. Jian [alias] was arrested while she was handing out fliers about Falun Gong and the persecution. She was taken to a local police station where the guards assaulted her in an attempt to force her to tell them where she had gotten the informational materials she had with her. They beat her for 24 hours. After the beating, Ms. Jian was black and blue all over. Her feet were so swollen that she could not put her shoes back on. Her tormenters fabricated documents in an attempt to transfer her to the Public Security Bureau and thus avoid responsibility for their crime.

At this time, Ms. Jian asked for Master’s assistance. She said, “Master, I cannot stay here any longer. I must get out.” She was locked in a cell where there was one small window with iron bars. It was about two meters above the floor. The guard was napping in the room next door, and Jian asked Master to prevent him from waking.

Enduring the pain of her swollen feet, she climbed up to the windowsill and pushed on the iron bars There was a motorcycle parked outside the window, and whenever Jian pushed on the railings, the motorcycle revved up loudly, making it difficult to concentrate. She asked Master to silence the motorcycle, and the motorcycle went silent. She pushed on the bars many times, but they didn’t budge.

She had the thought that Master wanted to help her, so she put her head to the bars, and before she knew it, her head was out. She squeezed her body through and was out quickly.

Ms. Jian sat outside on the window ledge, but due to her injured feet, could not jump down. Just then a young boy walked by, and she asked him to help her down. He helped her to the ground. She thanked him and hailed a taxi that was passing by. The taxi stopped, and she escaped.

Her fellow practitioners were very impressed when Jian told them her story. As practitioners, we all know that Master is capable of anything and that Dafa is truly miraculous.

Master said,

When disciples have ample righteous thoughtsMaster has the power to turn back the tide. ( “The Master Disciple Bond” Hong Yin II version A )

Twenty years have passed since Master taught us the Fa in Yanbian. The persecution of Falun Gong has been going on for 17 of those years. Throughout the persecution, practitioners in the Yanbian region have come a long way from gaining the Fa, to cultivating themselves, validating the Fa, resisting the persecution, clarifying the truth and saving the sentient beings.

No matter what has transpired over the years of intense pressure and persecution, we have always kept in mind that we have Master assisting us and that we are the most privileged lives created by the great law of the universe.