(Minghui.org) For so many years, I have been telling people about Falun Gong and the ongoing persecution in China. Yet it always worried me that my brother-in-law, Zhang, who had attended several lectures by Falun Gong’s founder Mr. Li Hongzhi, stopped practicing Falun Gong due to fear and even made negative comments about it.
After reading Master Li’s new article “How Humankind Came To Be,” I knew how urgent it was to share this article, including with my brother-in-law. Just as I was thinking about contacting him, my sister called and invited me to visit.
I bought some gifts and headed to their place. I kept sending forth righteous thoughts on my way there. I reminded myself to be compassionate and not to let my emotions get the best of me during our visit.
In fact, it had been many years since I visited my sister, because I had been incarcerated by the Chinese regime for a long time for practicing Falun Gong. She probably knew that I’d forgotten exactly where she lived, so she waited for me at the entrance to the apartment complex. After we got to her unit, I saw Zhang and we greeted each other. Both he and my sister were surprised by how healthy I was.
“You’re almost 60. How can your back still be so straight?” Zhang asked.
I told them that, because I practiced Falun Gong, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sentenced me to 10 years in prison. The physical torture and mental abuse in prison were intense, and, on the verge of death, I was released twice on medical parole. In fact, my health was so poor that the guards predicted I would never walk out of there. Hearing this and seeing how well I was doing, Zhang was even more curious.
I explained that thanks to Falun Gong’s mind-and-body benefits, I recovered. “And countless other Falun Gong practitioners have done the same,” I told them. “Over the past few decades, the CCP could easily eradicate any group in just days if the Party launched a political campaign to wipe it out. The regime planned to eliminate Falun Gong in three months back in 1999, but it was unable to so. Instead, more and more people in China have recognized just how brutal and untruthful the CCP truly is, and have decided to quit the organizations affiliated with the regime.” I said that outside China, Falun Gong is welcomed in over 100 countries. People who learn the five exercises and follow Falun Gong’s principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance benefit greatly.
Then I took out a copy of “How Humankind Came To Be” and said that Master Li had explained all this to everyone and that it was important to stay informed and follow the right path.
After reading the article, Zhang agreed to renounce his membership in the CCP, including its youth organizations, the Communist Youth League and Young Pioneers. Then he said, “I need to start practicing Falun Gong again.”
I was so happy to see my more than 20 years of worry about him finally put to an end. Thank you, Master, for everything.
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