(Minghui.org) As World Falun Dafa Day (May 13) approached this year, I asked my husband if he would like to say something to Master Li Hongzhi, the founder of the spiritual discipline based on Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
My husband sat up straight and said, “Thank you, compassionate Master, for saving me and my marriage! Falun Dafa is good! Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good!”
Some time ago, my husband had tried twice to divorce me – first before I began the practice of Falun Dafa and again after I became a practitioner. Had it not for Falun Dafa, I’d have given up on my marriage.
I used to suffer from many health problems, such as gallstones, rheumatic heart disease, rheumatic arthritis, and osteomyelitis. My life was miserable.
My daughter was born prematurely, and was very weak and frail. I had to stay in the hospital due to health issues after giving birth. My husband was exhausted from taking me and my daughter to different hospitals, and he lost hope. He grew fed up with me and our daughter, took a mistress, and wanted a divorce.
Lying in the hospital, I felt very discouraged. My husband didn’t support or care for me, and now he wanted a divorce.
Because our daughter was less than a year old, the courts refused to accept the case.
I wanted to commit suicide a few times, but looking at our seven-month-old daughter, I struggled on.
I started practicing Falun Dafa when we were on the brink of splitting up. I regained my health soon after, and learned that I needed to do things according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in my daily life.
All my family members witnessed the improvement in my health, so they too began to learn Falun Dafa, including my husband, parents, and parents-in-law.
However, my family and I enjoyed practicing for less than six months, when the persecution of Falun Dafa began in July 1999. They were frightened of the authorities and stopped. Only I continued to practice.
I was arrested many times for refusing to give up my belief. My family was forced to pay a large amount of money to get me released. My wages were stopped, and I was forced to have an abortion in the detention center. In the end, I was forced to leave home to avoid further persecution.
My husband was not allowed to go to work and had to accompany the police to search for me. The police visited brothels and made my husband pay for it. My husband couldn't bear the pressure and humiliation, and applied for a divorce again. Because he knew I’d never agree to a divorce, he bribed his lawyer, who agreed to do his best to help him get it done.
I was arrested again about a year later and was taken to a detention center, where the guards punched and kicked me.
My mother was very worried about me and passed away four months later. My brothers and sister believed the Chinese Communist Party's lies and propaganda and complained about me.
My mother-in-law came to see me in the detention center and told me that my husband has received the divorce decree and was going to marry another woman.
I was taken to the hospital after being severely beaten and lost consciousness while I was on a drip. My blood pressure dropped to zero and my heart stopped. The detention center guards didn't want to take responsibility if I died, so they called my family to take me home.
I was told later that three days after my husband received the decree, the judge revoked it after discovering I had never consented to the divorce.
Unable to divorce me, my husband went out on dates. He would beat me if I tried to stop him. I told him that I wouldn't be alive today if I didn't practice Falun Dafa, but he wouldn't listen.
I was later sentenced to three years. During that time my husband lived with another woman and incurred more than 300,000 yuan in debt.
On the day I was released, he said to me, “I was totally lost without you.”
Being a Dafa practitioner, I did not resent my husband or detest him for what he did to me. I explained to him how we should conduct ourselves according to Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.
My husband’s attitude gradually changed. He later wrote a declaration on the Minghui website that whatever he had said or done against Dafa and Master Li Hongzhi was null and void. He said he would do his best to support Dafa and practitioners.
He has now paid back all his debts, built a new house, and is the headmaster of a school.