Fellow Villagers Get to Know Falun Gong Through My Family
(Minghui.org) My family lives in a remote rural area, where no tap water is available and every family gets water from individual wells spread throughout the village. Most of the wells have been contaminated for some unknown reason, and the water has been muddy and undrinkable since December 2015. The whole village thus comes to our home to fetch water from our well. Many people have expressed gratitude for having access to the well, and many have said that we are blessed because we are a family of Falun Gong practitioners.
This is just one of many situations through which folks in our village have gotten to know of the goodness of Falun Gong and the kindness of practitioners.
A New Life for My Dad and Whole Family
My father suffered from rheumatic heart disease in 1995. At each onset, he would become very weak, his body swelled badly, and he gasped for air. As farmers, my parents did not have enough money to seek medical treatment, and our whole family was upset and worried about him. Right around that time, my uncle brought the book Falun Gong and my father started to learn by following the book. A week later, his illness was gone. Our whole family saw it firsthand and started to practice as well.
Prior to practicing Falun Gong, my parents were both stubborn and combative in their marriage. They used to quarrel all the time over trivial things in the household. My father almost committed suicide by drinking pesticide after one emotional argument. As a byproduct of their unhappy marriage, my younger brother and I had to frequently endure arbitrary scolding and corporal punishment. The family lived in an oppressive atmosphere.
After Falun Gong was introduced to my family, everything changed. My parents started to behave according to the principle of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. We no longer heard quarreling. My father quit smoking and drinking. My mother quit smoking, as well as gambling. They both enjoyed good health. The whole family started to live in happiness and harmony. Local villagers could not help but take note of the transformation in our household.
Dissolving Hatred with Virtue
After the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) started persecuting Falun Gong in July 1999, many fellow villagers discriminated against or even hated practitioners, due to the overwhelming, slanderous propaganda shown constantly on CCP-controlled media.
One day, our neighbor Guang Zhen came to our home and started cursing at us. When my parents did not respond, she was emboldened, and sat down on a chair and continued to curse even more vehemently.
The next day she continued. On the third day, her house caught fire for no obvious reason and she was yelling for help. Upon hearing her, my parents put down their work and rushed over to help her put out the fire.
Afterward, Guang Zhen and her husband came to our home to apologize for her prior behavior and to thank my parents for their help. Her family has become very supportive of Falun Gong ever since and became friends with our family.
After this, many folks in our village changed their views toward us and Falun Gong. My mom was notorious for fighting tooth and nail to get her way in the past, but now she didn't fight back and even helped Guang Zhen put out the fire. The villagers said that Falun Gong is truly amazing, to have changed my mom into such a good person.
These are true stories from my personal experience and there are many more. The CCP's persecution and slanderous propaganda has caused so many people to have negative opinions of Falun Gong. I sincerely hope that these people can open up to the truth of Falun Gong and choose a bright future for themselves.