New Zealand: Practitioners Celebrate Falun Dafa Day and Wish the Founder a Happy Birthday
(Minghui.org) May 13, 2020, is the 28th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s public introduction, as well as the 69th birthday of its founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi. Since 1992, Falun Dafa has benefited at least a hundred million people of all ethnic groups around the world.
Practitioners in New Zealand are celebrating the occasion and Falun Dafa's principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
Western Practitioner Thanks Master
Judy Shakespeare has practiced Falun Dafa for ten years. She said, “Master, on your birthday, I would like to express my most heartfelt thanks to you for what you have given me and my family. I am grateful that for these past ten years. I have gone through various tests, eliminated karma, and grown up in Dafa.”
She also shared her experience of talking to the city council to raise awareness of the persecution of Falun Dafa in China. She said, “At the end of 2017, I once clarified the facts at a city council meeting. I attended the meeting as the only representative of Falun Dafa practitioners. Before the meeting started, I sent forth righteous thoughts for 45 minutes and asked for Master’s strengthening.
“About 60 people, including city councilors and their assistants, attended the meeting. I talked about the CCP’s cruel persecution of Falun Dafa and CCP’s ongoing malicious infiltration into New Zealand. I also gave the councilors informational materials.
“After the meeting, a councilor wanted to have the information about the CCP’s organ harvesting from Falun Dafa practitioners deleted because she was afraid of offending their sister city in China. I knew she was a Christian, so I told her, ‘Your belief is also treated inhumanely by the CCP in China.’
“A local reporter learned about this and called me for details. In the end, his article not only reported on Falun Dafa positively but also truthfully reported the brutal persecution in China. The article was published in three major newspapers and two websites across two cities, including ours.”
She said gratefully, “Master, along the way, you have always heard my plea and given me help. I thank you for all you have borne for Dafa disciples and all sentient beings. I cannot describe your infinite mercy or my endless gratitude to you.”
Practitioner in Christchurch: Master Saved My Life
Mrs. Wang from Christchurch has practiced Falun Dafa for 26 years. On the advent of the 21st World Falun Dafa Day, she said with great emotion, “During my 26 years of cultivation, be it in the CCP’s labor camp or in my daily life, Master has always watched over me, given me hints, and helped me out of tribulations. I have personally experienced and witnessed Master’s boundless compassion and that he cherishes every living being.”
She shared a special story. “In 2009, I worked as a temporary worker in a coal mine’s boiler room. One day, I was cleaning coal in a one-square-meter cement pit. Halfway through, I saw the stoker Lao Liu walk past me carrying an ash rake. I knew he had an old back injury and raking ash squatting down was hard for him, so I decided to help him remove it.
“As soon as I got out of the pit and took one step, I heard a loud ‘boom’ behind me, and black coal dust suddenly filled the air. I was taken aback. The steel rope that held the coal bucket three meters above the pit had loosened. The bucket of coal landed in the cement pit.
“My coworkers heard the loud boom and they all came running. They were shocked to see the coal bucket in the pit and me covered in black coal ashes. They said, ‘Weren’t you cleaning the pit? Why did you leave?’ I explained that I escaped death after wanting to help Lao Liu remove the ashes.
“Lao Liu said, ’‘My elders often said, ‘One good thought stops three disasters.’ I told him I practice Falun Dafa and strove to be a good person by following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I said it was the Master of Dafa who saved my life. He whispered to me, ‘Can you lend me the Dafa book?’”
Mrs. Wang said, “Without Master and Falun Dafa, I wouldn’t be here today. On this special day, May 13th, on behalf of my family, I wish a happy birthday to our great, benevolent Master and thank him for saving my life!”
Experiencing Dafa’s Power When Reading Zhuan Falun for the First Time
Mrs. Xiao recalled, “Before I began practicing Dafa, I had postpartum complications for a long time. I felt very pessimistic and confused about life.
“One day, as I wept alone at home, I heard someone repeatedly ask, ‘Why don’t you read? Why don’t you read?’ So I wiped my tears away and got the copy of Zhuan Falun that a friend had given me long ago, sat at the desk, and started reading.”
“I didn’t read for very long before my eyelids felt heavy. I rested my head on the book and dozed off. Just as I closed my eyes, I felt a peace and tranquility that I’d never experienced before. I felt the power of compassion soothing my body and mind.
“After I woke up, I felt very calm, and my body was very relaxed and comfortable. From that day on, I’ve read Zhuan Falun every day.
“One day I suddenly realized my body felt lighter and more flexible, and the postpartum joint pains in my entire body were gone. My bones seemed to be reconnected, and the depression and insomnia were gone too. I was profoundly shocked!
“Although I didn’t know much about Dafa at the time, and no one told me Dafa could restore my health, I knew in my heart it must be blessings from reading the Falun Dafa books! There was no other explanation.
“From the first day I read the Fa, Master has been watching over me! Thank you, Master, for your merciful salvation! I wish Master a happy birthday!”