Remaining Steadfast Despite the Persecution
(Minghui.org) My husband and I started practicing Falun Dafa before the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began persecuting the practice in July 1999. We have not been dissuaded by the brutality and propaganda, and we have done our best to use our home to help others remain steadfast in their practice.
My husband became a student of Dafa in 1996, and I picked it up in 1997. Before that, we had many health problems. For instance, I had cerebral arteriosclerosis and didn't expect to live much longer, so I made my will and left it with my children.
Years of Illness Disappeared
My husband began his Dafa cultivation around that time. The maladies that had tormented him for more than 30 years, such as headaches and leg pain, all disappeared.
He later felt a Falun spinning on top of his head. Right away, he knew that it was Teacher cleansing his body. Also, his back, which was bent due to scoliosis, straightened up without him noticing at first.
After I witnessed his transformation, I started cultivating, too. Since then, both of us have been doing very well. I am in my 70s and am very healthy. The miraculous changes and the steady elevation of our thinking have touched our relatives and friends.
Our family has also benefited. For example, our son became a practitioner, and our other children have been greatly supportive. They know that, without Dafa, their parents would have left this world long ago.
Facing the Persecution
In 1999, Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese Communist leader, and and his CCP cronies initiated the persecution of Falun Dafa. Our local Fa-study group had to stop meeting back then, and we lost our cultivation environment.
In our area, the authorities arrested some of the practitioners who had been to Beijing to appeal to the central government, and they often harassed others of us. The people in our village had all kinds of opinions about Dafa. Some of them were deceived by the CCP's propaganda and were deeply poisoned.
That prompted my husband to go to places where people gathered and tell them about the goodness of Dafa and why practitioners continued to try to seek justice by appealing to the government in Beijing.
Both of us firmly believe in Dafa and Teacher. We were arrested several times returning from trips to Beijing. My husband was once put into a forced labor camp.
I was held in our township’s brainwashing center in 2004. In front of township officials, police officers, and villagers I managed to unlock my handcuffs four times by using my righteous thoughts.
When he saw this, the person in charge of the township said, “Falun Dafa is truly amazing!” I took this opportunity to tell him not to participate in the persecution.
Establishing a Fa-study and Exercise Site at Home
I attended a large experience sharing conference in our township, and it made me think about setting up a Fa-study group. Through my own Fa-study, Teacher had strengthened my righteous thoughts. Teacher said:
“Your most important task is to create for our students a stable cultivation environment that’s free of disturbances. This is your greatest responsibility.”(Teaching the Fa at the Assistants’ Fa Conference in Changchun)
I talked to my husband and other practitioners in our village about group study. Through our collective efforts, we set up our exercise site in 2004, and it has been running ever since.
We begin the exercises at 3:50 a.m., and at 4:50 p.m., we study the Fa. We host more than 20 practitioners of all ages—from a few years old to more than 70.
Active Participation in Truth-clarification Projects
Our study group members have also participated in different projects, such as handing out truth-clarification materials, making phone calls, and talking to people about the persecution face-to-face.
Through Fa-study, our xinxing has continued to improve. For instance, a young practitioner with very limited education learned how to use different types of cell phones and computers very easily. Teacher gave her wisdom.When elderly practitioners had trouble with using their cell phones for truth-clarification, they all went to her, and she always found time to help them.
In May 2015, a few practitioners from the city came to our Fa-study group to share their understanding about bringing Jiang to justice and how to compose criminal complaints against him. Those of us in our group quickly reached a consensus. Except for a few new practitioners, 17 of us prepared complaints, mailed them to the Supreme Procuratorate, and received receipts.
Our practice site has played a key role in practitioners’ cultivation. However, what we had to go through was not easy. Since the beginning, the old forces have been controlling people to harass us. One elderly practitioner reminded us that this practice site is safeguarded by practitioners' righteous thoughts and because we have let go of life and death.