(Minghui.org) Even though the Chinese communist regime has persecuted Falun Dafa for the last 20 years, practitioners in our area have been relatively unaffected, thanks to our efforts to clarify the truth and our family members' support.

In fact, when officers from the 610 Office and the police were reluctant to take part in the persecution when it first began, they didn't really understand the facts. They were, however, intimidated by the organized opposition from the local practitioner community and our family members, who would post information everywhere around town to expose acts of persecution very quickly.

Because of our persistent efforts, these government officials now really understand the facts about Falun Dafa.

I'd like to share a few stories about how practitioners' supportive family members have rescued their loved ones. And I'd like to take this opportunity to express to them my deep appreciation.

A Brave Husband

A practitioner's ailments all disappeared after she started to practice Falun Dafa. Her stomach, in particular, was in terrible condition and had perforations, but it completely recovered. It was as if she'd been given a brand new stomach.

In addition to the health benefits, her character also improved. She became more considerate and treated her parents-in-law better. Her husband witnessed all of this and was very happy for her.

After this practitioner was arrested in March 2000 for giving out DVDs about Falun Dafa, her husband and mother-in-law were very angry and upset. The husband found Li, the head of the 610 Office, and challenged him about the arrest.

The husband blamed Li for taking bribes and money under the table in the persecution of Falun Gong. He also said that he wouldn't give up seeking justice for his wife if anything happened to her. “I won't let you go easily,” he said.

“Don't be angry,” Li protested. “Anything can be negotiated.”

“Release my wife!”

“I can't make the decision alone. It has to be OK'ed by the head of the Domestic Security Division.”

The husband found Zhao, the head of the local Domestic Security Division, in a casino. He said to him, “What are you doing here? I heard you lost a lot of money here last time and had to leave your gun at the pawn shop. Is that right?”

Zhao got very nervous and escorted the husband outside to talk to him.

“You guys arrested my wife. My mother is very worried about her. Please release her.”

“You need to get approval from director Li.”

“I just talked to him. He has no problem with it.”

“All right, why didn't you tell me earlier! That's easy, let's bring her back then. It's not a big deal.”

With the husband's righteous support, the practitioner was released 12 days after her arrest. When he went to take her home, her husband also secured the release of another practitioner who'd been detained with her.

Sometimes the husband distributed materials about Falun Gong right in front of the police and they just pretended not to see anything.

The Rewards for Doing Good Deeds

A couple who ran a popular shop in our area was arrested in 2003 and their shop was shut down. Their six-year-old son was left with his paternal grandmother and the little boy cried every day for his mother.

The grandmother was angry but didn't know what to do. She took her grandson to the police department and the 610 Office to seek justice, but to no avail.

To help this family, a fellow practitioner made 600 posters about them and we posted them all over the area. Many of the local residents were shocked to learn about this miscarriage of justice. But despite all our efforts, the authorities still refused to release the couple.

A person that the husband practitioner's father had helped in the past heard about the situation. To repay him, he used his connections with the government officials and eventually secured the couple's release.

Although the husband practitioner's father didn't practice Falun Dafa, he received blessings for supporting his son.

The father was in a car accident in 2009. He was hit by a truck and flew off his motorcycle into the air. He lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital.

He later told me that while he was in the hospital, he heard someone ask him, “Do you believe in Falun Dafa?” He said that his son and daughter-in-law were both Falun Dafa practitioners and he totally supported them.

The voice asked him again, “Do you believe in Falun Dafa?” “I believe Falun Dafa is good,” he said.

Then he told me, “Immediately, I felt a clear stream flowing down from my head to my toes, making me feel very comfortable. When it reached my legs, I suddenly sat up. People near me were all shocked. Actually, I didn't have any pain at all. I left the hospital the next day and recovered very quickly.”

Group Efforts

A third practitioner was arrested when she was distributing truth-clarifying materials in a neighboring county. As soon as we heard about it, we found her husband and persuaded him to work with us to rescue her. Even though he was skeptical at first, he was touched by our sincerity and agreed to work with us.

We rushed to where she'd been arrested and learned that she had already been transferred elsewhere.

Many practitioners, including those in the other county, joined us the next morning and we went together to seek her release.

The coordinator in that county offered us a lot of help. She told us the exact location of the detention place and gave us the names of those responsible for her case and their contact information. She also arranged a hotel room for us to stay.

Two of us went to the home of the person in charge of the detention center. He was very surprised to see us. He initially refused to help us but later relented and let us visit her after we talked to him.

When we went to the detention facility, however, the person in charge didn't let us see her because it was the weekend. “Whatever you want to do, you have to wait until Monday,” he said.

We went back to the hotel but we didn't want to wait until Monday to take further action.

The practitioner's husband had already gone with local practitioners to find the 610 Office and Domestic Security Division agents and ask for their help.

Because of our swift actions and strong righteous thoughts, the agents from our local 610 Office went to the neighboring county and brought her home around noon the next day.