Helping People and Raising Awareness While Driving a Taxi
(Minghui.org) I began to practice Falun Dafa in 1998, and my wife and in-laws are also practitioners.
We were all persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 2006 because we refused to give up our beliefs: I was detained in a labor camp for two years; my wife and I lost our jobs; my mother-in-law was sentenced to two years of forced labor; my father-in-law was persecuted to death.
When I came home from the labor camp, I took on several jobs including working in insurance sales, road construction, and driving a taxi. The taxi proved a great opportunity for me to talk to people about Falun Dafa.
A Policeman Is Grateful to Get the Facts
One day while driving my taxi, a policeman got in for a ride. We chatted while I drove and I told him that I practiced Falun Dafa. He was a bit surprised and said, “How do you dare practice when you know you could be persecuted?”
Calmly I told him the truth about the 2001 Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident. I explained that it was a set-up by then CCP head Jiang Zemin to incite hatred against Falun Dafa. He stared at me. His wide eyes told me I had piqued his interest.
I asked him if he had been to Tiananmen Square and he said he had. I said that according to the state-run media, in less than two minutes policemen extinguished the fire on the person who self-immolated. Tiananmen Square is huge, so how could policemen get there so quickly? Why were journalists instantly recording videos with both close-up shots and full views? How was all that possible unless it had been carefully planned?
The state-run media also reported that the girl's trachea had been badly burned so a surgeon had to cut an incision in her windpipe. It takes time and often speech therapy to recover from this, but she was interviewed four days later. She spoke clearly and even sang for the reporters. How could that be possible?
A representative of International Education Development reported at a United Nations conference in 2001 that they analyzed a video of the Tiananmen self-immolation incident and concluded it was staged by the Chinese government. In the face of conclusive evidence, members of the CCP delegation were speechless.
I said: “You have been a policeman a long time; based on your criminal investigation knowledge, isn't what I said true?” His face relaxed and he smiled.
We reached his destination and he asked me how much the ride was. I said five yuan but he wanted to give me fifty! I told him it was only five, but he was insistent. Someone on the other side of my taxi was trying to get my attention. The policeman put the money in my hand when I wasn't looking and when I turned around to give it back he had left.
Giving Marriage Another Chance
One Friday when I was driving my taxi a young woman got in. She told me that she had been to file for divorce, but did not have the necessary documents, so she had to return again on Monday.
I could tell she was a strong woman. At home, she said she always had the final say. Her husband had grown weary of how she treated him, especially in front of his friends, and asked for a divorce.
I told her that she could consider looking at her own shortcomings instead of those of her husband. As a wife, she should be considerate of her husband, respect her in-laws, and be kind to her husband’s family and friends.
Then I switched the topic. I asked her if she heard of Falun Dafa. She said she did, but what she knew was all false propaganda so I told her the truth about Dafa. I told her how practitioners follow the principles Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in their daily lives , and do “not fight back when being punched or insulted”. (Zhuan Falun)
I continued, “Now the main book Zhuan Falun has been translated into 39 languages, and Falun Dafa has received more than 3,000 awards from governments and organizations around the world.”
She hadn't heard of the “Three Withdrawals” so I told her about quitting the CCP and the Youth Pioneer League. We reached her destination and as she got out of the car I told her to cherish the predestined relationship with her husband.
Ten days later, she called me for a ride. She told me that after our conversation she had reconciled with her husband. I asked her to remember: “Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.”
Thinking Twice about Hurting Others
Evening was approaching when a man who had been drinking got into my taxi. He looked fairly sober so I let him stay. I thought perhaps he needed to hear the facts about Falun Dafa.
He was quiet at first. Then he took out his cellphone and a long knife. I wondered if he was planning to rob me. Would he kill me? No, I am a Dafa practitioner and am protected. I had a little money if he asked for it. There was nothing for me to worry about.
I calmly asked how he was doing. He said he was planning to kill his mother-in-law and brother-in-law. His brother-in-law stole his money and his motorbike, which he then sold to fund a gambling habit. His mother-in-law took her son's side. The situation made him very angry, so he planned to kill them both.
I asked him, “Will you get your money back after you kill them?” He was silent. “What will you do after killing them?” He said he had not thought about that.
I said, “You may vent your anger by killing them but you'll pay with your own life. What about your wife and family? You will lose big time! You can make more money to make up for what you lost, but a life lost cannot be brought back. Your brother-in-law, mother-in-law, and wife became your family members because of predestined relationships. Your brother-in-law took your money, maybe you owed him from a previous life so you gave it back to him in this life.”
He listened quietly. I told him about Falun Dafa and how it has spread around the world, how the CCP persecutes Dafa, and why practitioners do not give up despite the Party's severe persecution.
He looked at his phone and said, “Take me back.” I turned the car around, and on the way back I explained, “Heaven will eliminate the CCP. Quitting the Party will ensure your safe future.” He quickly quit the two communist youth organizations he's once joined.
After we returned, he asked if he could run into the grocery store before paying me. He met his wife there and bought me a gift. They both thanked me. I sensed their sincere attitude and accepted their kindness. I deducted the cost of the gift from his fare and told them both, “Remember 'Falun Dafa is good, Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.'” The wife held her husband and nodded. They walked away happy.