Our Amazing Experiences While Saving People During the Pandemic
(Minghui.org) Despite the oppressive atmosphere and lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, practitioners in our area worked hard to distribute Falun Dafa truth-clarification materials to help save people. I'd like to share some stories with you.
Even though the virus was moderate in our area, the village was locked down and the roads were blocked. Some practitioners' families tried to prevent them from contacting others; for example, they stopped delivering copies of Minghui Weekly. Since this is a mountainous region, coordination became even more difficult.
Master Li said,
“That's because you are a cultivator: someone who is on a divine path and who is not controlled by the factors of ordinary people or low-level principles.” (Teaching the Fa in the City of Los Angeles)
I refused to be affected by the situation, but I did not pressure fellow practitioners. Instead of waiting for them to come to me, I delivered Minghui Weekly to them. I encouraged them to start working from where they were, distributing information in their own villages, and telling people the facts about the persecution.
The other practitioners were encouraged. Some put up posters, while others made nice cards and distributed them. And those who had to stay home sent forth righteous thoughts. Everyone did something!
My husband asked me, “How come no one stops you when you leave the area?” I said, “I don’t know. They even wish me a nice trip.”
Stand Up and Be Counted
After we delivered brochures throughout our area, we discussed the possibility of going to some neighboring areas where no practitioners lived. Everyone was silent and hesitated to share their thoughts.
But, as practitioners we know what our responsibilities and missions are. One practitioner quietly said, “My wife and I will help.” Then another practitioner said, “Count us in too!” This practitioner had been put in a forced labor camp three times and was detained for seven years. He was traumatized both physically and mentally. And yet, he was undaunted during the current lockdown.
One practitioner lived in a village where the lockdown was most strict. She was not affected. She saw the village secretary making phone calls at the checkpoint when she rode her motorcycle out. She laid a Dafa pamphlet on the table and drove through. The secretary asked, “Where are you going?” She replied, “Just taking a ride.” He said, “Come back. The road is icy and dangerous.” She said, “Thank you,” and rode on.
Her son told her the next morning, “The deputy director called and wanted you to stay home. The village secretary took your pamphlet to the town office. He said you distributed them everywhere, and they wanted to search our home.”
The practitioner thought she needed to let the village officials know the facts about Falun Dafa, so that going out in the future would be easier. She then went back to the checkpoint and distributed brochures.
She also brought copies of two letters that were published on Minghui.org and left them for the village secretary to read. From then on, the posters practitioners put up stayed intact, and no one tore them down. The village officials stopped interfering with practitioners.
Another practitioner lived in an outlying village. She was very diligent. I asked her to go to a remote village to distribute Dafa pamphlets. She did it without hesitation, riding her motorcycle nearly a hundred miles to distribute them in isolated mountainous areas.
Distributing Materials to a Troublesome Area
One area is far from our village. We wanted to go there last year but failed. The two practitioners mentioned above had been there before. They were reported and later persecuted. Last year, four of us met and were about to go to that area. Then two practitioners mentioned that they dreamed they had been arrested, so we went to another location.
We were always concerned about the people in that area. This time we had eight people, divided into four groups. Everyone felt some pressure.
“The old forces don't dare to oppose our clarifying the truth or saving sentient beings. What's key is to not let them take advantage of the gaps in your state of mind when you do things.” (“Teaching the Fa at the 2002 Fa Conference in Boston”, Collected Fa Teachings, Vol II)
“… the entire cultivation process for a practitioner is one of constantly giving up human attachments.” (Lecture One, Zhuan Falun)
We sent forth righteous thoughts to eliminate our fear and any negativity. We then notified the practitioners who stayed home to send forth righteous thoughts for us. The process went smoothly. It was almost like no one was guarding the checkpoints at each cross-section. We did everything we wanted to do!
One practitioner described his experience. He said his hand was trembling when he distributed the first copy. With Master’s help, his righteous thoughts prevailed and his attachment to fear gradually disappeared.
Then he ran into a situation. Two other practitioners passed through a checkpoint successfully. But he and his partner were blocked when they tried to go through the same spot. After backing out and searching around, they finally found a bridge. But a car was parked in the middle of the bridge and blocked the way. The two practitioners who had passed through earlier turned around and came back to help. The four of them worked together and carried their motorcycle across the bridge.
Distributing Materials to Villages Far Away
Thirteen of us went on motorcycles to a mountainous region. The roads there are rugged and winding. Local people are afraid to drive there even in the daytime. But we did it on the darkest night. Most of the drivers were women. The oldest practitioner was over 70. The youngest was in his 50s. Our courage came from our trust in Master and Dafa.
“Little time remains and the urgency only mountsSin no more and fulfill the pledge that brought you to this earth.”
We need to take the opportunity to save more people so that we won’t have any regrets. We hope those who still have attachments to fear can come out to fulfill their pledges as soon as possible.