(Minghui.org) My son used to suffer from hemiplegia and epilepsy. We spent everything we had seeking a cure from doctors of Chinese and Western medicine. When nothing helped, we turned to different religions and prayed for help, but to no avail.
He was near death when someone told me about Falun Dafa. My son started to practice it with me, and all of our ailments were soon healed. Our appreciation for Dafa and the founder of Falun Dafa, Master Li Hongzhi, is beyond words.
When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) initiated its persecution of Falun Dafa on July 20, 1999, our family suffered greatly. After my wife was illegally arrested for the second time, I was forced to leave home and stay with a fellow practitioner. Another practitioner working in a nearby county heard about me and asked me to come work with him. He found a place for me to rent, so I had a stable environment in which to cultivate and live.
My home was not far from a farmer's market. The owner lived in one unit, I lived in another, and the third unit was vacant at that time. I discussed many facts about Dafa with the owner, and he and I had a close relationship.
Before too long, the third unit was rented to a woman who was a meat vendor. I was nearby when she was talking to the owner one day. I heard the owner say, “This man practices Falun Dafa. He is a very good person.”
The woman replied, “Why didn't you tell me earlier? I would never have moved in. He'd better not kill my child! How bold of you to let him live here. Haven't you seen the television program about the self-immolation?”
“How can you believe those lies? It is all fake. It was a hoax staged by Jiang Zemin to suppress Falun Gong. You fell for it,” the owner replied, somewhat irritated.
“You may not believe it, but I do,” said the woman. “If harm comes your way, it will be too late for regrets.”
She tried her best to avoid me from then on. Whenever I was home, she would go out to avoid running into me. The owner told me about their conversation. I was shocked that she could be so deeply deceived by the regime. Just clarifying the truth with words would not be enough to save her. I decided that I would have to be strict with myself to show her the goodness and kindness of Dafa practitioners.
One morning she hung out her washing in the courtyard. A storm was expected at around noon, so I took in her washing and also some firewood for her cooking. As soon as I got everything inside, there was a heavy downpour.
My neighbor rushed home that afternoon and was surprised when she saw her things weren't in the courtyard. I went out to greet her and explained that I had put her washing in my room to keep it dry.
She did not know how to react and just said, “Okay.” She came to fetch her clothes in the evening. She did not say a single word but looked at me with an astonished and thoughtful expression.
One day, my neighbor borrowed her cousin's scales to weigh her meat. She left the scales in the courtyard, and a few days later her cousin came to pick it up.
Not recognizing him, I said, “I don't know you, but I have a responsibly to look out for my neighbor. You can take the scales only after she comes back.”
He thought that was reasonable and left. My neighbor returned with her cousin and was appreciative of what I had done, saying, “Thank you very much for your concern.”
I was resting in my room one day when the courtyard door flew open and I saw my neighbor and her husband dragging their teenage son into their room.
“I promise I will change!” the child cried and screamed.
I went over and knocked on their door. They explained that their son had run away from school every day for two weeks. He had lied to his parents and teachers, pretending to attend school every day. The school had posted information about his absence on the bulletin board, and his parents had found out.
His mother cried, saying, “We work so hard to earn money with the hope that he would attend a famous university someday. I am so disappointed.”
I told their son, who was kneeling down, to stand up and apologize to his parents. Then I explained to him about how, in ancient China, young people were obedient to their parents. I told him about Falun Dafa's principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, about virtue, and the truth about the Tiananmen Self-Immolation hoax. I also told him about how Dafa had spread to over one hundred countries worldwide.
“Falun Dafa is really good!” said my neighbor. “No wonder its practitioners remain steadfast even after being sentenced to jail, suffering financial loss, or facing death.”
The whole family agreed to withdraw from the CCP and its affiliated organizations. They would no longer believe the lies and also requested a Dafa book to read.
From then on my neighbor began to defend Falun Dafa. When she encountered someone who objected to Dafa, she would lay out the facts until the other party knew the truth.
Their good faith in Dafa was soon rewarded. Their business became very successful, keeping them very busy every day.
My neighbor asked me if her son could pick up a key to their house from my room each day after school. “I trust Dafa practitioners completely,” she said.