Non-practitioners Help Distribute Falun Gong Materials Amid Pandemic Lockdown
(Minghui.org) Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a nationwide campaign against Falun Gong in 1999, it has been operating the state-run propaganda machines to overwhelmingly spread lies and rumors to defame Falun Gong, aiming to eradicate it completely from China.
To debunk the CCP's lies and uphold justice, Falun Gong practitioners have come up with various ways to expose the CCP's deceitful core as well as its heinous crimes against humanity. Some creative methods include printing Falun Gong messages on banknotes and circulating the money with everyday purchases; and producing and distributing various printed materials bearing Falun Gong messages.
Even people who don't practice Falun Gong, but who support practitioners, help get the truth out by willingly circulating the banknotes bearing Falun Gong messages.
Where There's a Will There's a Way
I live in a remote town, and there are not many Falun Gong practitioners in the area. With a full-time job, I felt at loss for what I could do to help our local people understand Falun Gong. I wished there were other practitioners in my area to work with on this.
A few years ago, fellow practitioners from a nearby town gave me some ink pads and stamps that they'd made, with messages such as “Falun Dafa is good; Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” They told me that they stamped these messages on banknotes to distribute to people. The messages were all concise and short and were carefully selected by fellow practitioners. Money changes hands frequently, so these messages would reach more people in a short period of time. I was inspired to do the same.
After learning of my plan, fellow practitioners in a neighboring city gave me a large number of banknotes with Falun Gong messages for me to start the project, and they also taught me how to make the stamps.
A Partnership Based on Trust
There was a wholesale market in a town about a dozen miles away. Most vendors there sold local produce, and it attracted a large number of customers from surrounding cities. I realized that I could provide a service to vendors at the market who needed to make change with smaller bills, or who needed to consolidate their cash with larger bills. So I rode my electric scooter to the market during lunch breaks, exchanged money with the market vendors, and then went straight back to work without time to eat lunch. As time went by, many vendors established a partnership with me, and we exchanged money regularly.
A female vendor came to change a large amount of money with me one day. I double-checked with her to make sure that she knew my money had Falun Gong messages on them. She replied, “I know, but don't you want to distribute your money to more people? I can help you with that.”
Two more vendors also wanted to exchange money with me, so I began to deliver money to their homes each week. They were very kind people and their businesses were doing well. I told them the facts of Falun Gong and helped them and their families quit the CCP and its affiliated associations.
Our relationship was built on trust. When they were short on cash, I left my money with them without asking for receipts. They did not know my last name or where I lived, but they did not doubt my genuineness, because I made sure to prioritize their benefits over those of my own. They could feel my sincerity, kindness, and integrity.
The female vendor told me about an incident that happened to her. She'd lost her purse with ten thousand yuan in it. It took her hours to finally trace her steps all the way back to where she lost it, and she was surprised to find out that the person who found it had been waiting for her right there the whole time! I told her, “You were blessed for your good deeds!”
Receiving Assistance from Non-practitioners
I learned from a fellow practitioner that people in her area had received Falun Gong materials for a long time, and now they came to her to ask for Falun Gong desk calendars every year.
Although we did not have enough manpower to make materials for all the people in the nearby towns and villages, I believed that we could distribute desk calendars to people. The exquisite desk calendars with facts about Falun Gong are easy for people to accept, and most of them keep the calendars for at least a year. Their relatives and friends would see them too. So I asked the fellow practitioner if they could make some for us. They generously agreed and even delivered them to us.
I decided to distribute calendars at the market because it was the most efficient way for me to approach more people in one place. A young couple who owned a shop near the market readily agreed to allow me to keep the desk calendars in their warehouse. They had also exchanged money with me for several years. I distributed calendars to people at the market after exchanging money there. I told those who accepted the calendars to cherish them and encouraged them to take extras for their family, friends, and customers.
When the coronavirus (Wuhan Pneumonia) epidemic was raging in China, I was unable to distribute the last batch of banknotes with Falun Gong messages, since the government had just initiated a strict nationwide lockdown. Anyone breaching the lockdown could be arrested. However, I still managed to wind my way to the market to check in with the young couple. They told me that no one came to exchange money, and they rarely used the banknotes themselves because most people preferred to pay electronically.
The couple had temporarily switched to selling fruits and vegetables, the only sellable items permitted by the government then. And that meant that they did not yet know their customers well. Asking them to exchange Falun Gong-message-bearing money with their new customers could possibly put them in great danger. Besides, they only met their customers briefly between two to three o'clock in the morning each day because they did not want to be caught breaching the lockdown restrictions.
After considering all the possibilities, I went back once again to tell the couple that I could do it by myself. But they said that I would not be allowed to enter the wholesale market. When there were really no other options left, I asked if they could help, and they generously agreed. I gave them 1,000 yuan as a gift to show my gratitude, but they refused to be paid and assured me that they would do their best.
When the lockdown was gradually lifted in March, I went back to their shop again and found out that almost all of the 40,000 yuan I'd given them was already cashed out. When they handed me 40,000 yuan in exchange, I drew out ten 100-yuan bills and asked them to accept it. They still refused to accept my money. The wife said, “It’s all about doing good deeds.” I was really moved. This young couple was just remarkable. I know that their kindness will be rewarded.
Making Falun Gong Materials
When the country was locked down, the practitioner who used to bring us truth-clarifying materials could not come to us, and we ran out of materials to distribute. So I began to print Falun Gong brochures with the machine I used to print Falun Gong messages to stamp on banknotes, but the machine broke down shortly.
I asked the practitioners in a big city more than 60 miles away to help us. Within a few days, they not only bought two printers, a computer, and other supplies for us but also invited me to go to their place to get trained. In the end, the practitioner who trained me also drove me home with all the equipment and did not leave until after everything was installed and working. Now we could make truth-clarifying booklets, stickers, and amulets by ourselves, and had materials to distribute in our area. Everything happened so quickly. It was like a dream come true!
Master Li said:
“Therefore, it is said that cultivation depends on one’s own efforts, while transforming gong is done by one’s master. You can only have such a wish and think about it like that, but it is the master who actually does these things.” (Lecture Two, Zhuan Falun, 2014 translation)
I know that Master arranged those non-practitioners to assist me, and protects us every step of the way allowing me to accomplish things that would have been impossible. At the last leg of Fa-rectification, I must continue to cultivate myself well, help more people learn the truth, and return home with Master.