(Minghui.org) I was fortunate to have witnessed a parade of over 10,000 Falun Dafa practitioners who came to Manhattan, New York, from around the world on May 18, 2019. They were there to commemorate the 27th anniversary of Falun Dafa's public introduction, as well as the 20th anniversary of Falun Dafa Day. It was a memorable event.

They showed the world the goodness of Dafa in a calm and peaceful manner, and they also let the world know about the cruel persecution of Dafa practitioners that is still happening in China today. As a family member of a Dafa practitioner, I fully support them, and I am grateful for Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Dafa, for teaching the practice to the public.

Here I want to share some of my understandings about Falun Dafa through my personal experience.

Seeing the Power of Dafa

My wife became pregnant again when our child was two years old. She was forced to abort our second child due to the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) one-child policy. My wife's physical condition deteriorated so badly after the abortion that she was unable to walk and had difficulty talking and breathing. She was very dizzy and fainted frequently; sometimes her lips were purple and her face turned blue.

I took her to all the famous hospitals in Beijing, but no doctors could clearly explain what was wrong with her.

One doctor at Beijing Union Medical College Hospital said that my wife had “myasthenia gravis.” Another doctor at Beijing University Hospital said that my wife was suffering from a “recurrence of tuberculosis.” But a third doctor at Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine said my wife had the “loss of both blood and strength.”

Growing desperate, we had my wife take all the pills that the different doctors prescribed, but instead of improving, she only became more fragile. She murmured to me several times that her days were numbered, and asked me to promise her that I would take good care of our child and myself.

Under such circumstances, we began to try alternative options. We also practiced various qigong exercises, hoping to find one that could help my wife recover, but none were helpful.

When we first heard about Falun Dafa through a friend, we didn’t pay it much mind, thinking it was probably similar to the other practices that we had already tried. Nonetheless, my wife began to read a copy of Zhuan Falun, the primary teachings of Falun Dafa, that her friend gave her. She likes the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance” and wanted to improve her character to be a better person.

She made the decision to start practicing Falun Dafa in 1996. After a while, I noticed that her health had gradually improved. She regained her strength and could walk and talk by herself.

We were very happy to see her improve. We were also stunned that while none of the hospitals and medications we tried had any effect on my wife's condition, it was Falun Dafa that cured her.

My wife made a complete recovery, and her personality became more gentle and peaceful. After six years of being bedridden, she went back to work.

Curious to know how Dafa could have healed my wife's illnesses, I joined her and other practitioners in reading Dafa teachings. From the books, I learned that Dafa taught people to be good and to value morality. Dafa practitioners cultivate their minds and follow the principles of “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.” I could tell that Dafa was good for society. But I couldn't make up my mind to practice Dafa since I was so busy with both family and work.

Firsthand Experience of the Vicious Nature of the CCP

Dafa's healing power quickly spread by word of mouth, and soon the number of people practicing Dafa reached 100 million, which was more than the number of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members. Soon after that, the then-CCP head Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of Falun Dafa in 1999.

Refusing to bend to this unreasonable suppression from the government, my wife continued practicing Dafa. She often told people that if a doctor cured one's illness, the patient would be grateful to the doctor for life; because it was Falun Dafa that had saved her life, she could never give up Dafa.

Because my wife refused to renounce Dafa, police arrested her in 2014 and ransacked our apartment. While detained, she was forced to take some unknown medication. The guards forced her to do labor, poured cold water on her, and physically and verbally abused her.

She was accused of “undermining law enforcement.” This is totally unfathomable–how can a person “undermine law enforcement” by simply practicing the Dafa exercises that had cured her diseases and read the books that taught her to be a good person?

In the CCP's China, there is no justice. After all the legal means failed, I had no choice but to bribe someone to help bail my wife out of jail. However, cameras were installed everywhere outside our apartment to monitor her whereabouts, and she still did not have true freedom.

The persecution that my wife had suffered allowed me to witness and experience the vicious nature of CCP. I am certain that the CCP's persecution of Dafa practitioners will certainly be condemned by the international community in the near future. I hope more and more people can find out the miracles of Dafa and understand the facts of Dafa and the persecution.