A 60-year-old Farmer Established a Materials Production Site
I would like to take this sharing opportunity to express my highest respect to our merciful, great Master. Greetings, Master! Greetings, fellow practitioners!
When looking back at my cultivation over the past decade, I don't remember a lot of things that have happened, but I do remember Master's grace. Master's mercy is enormous, beyond any words I can possibly find. My husband passed away in 1998 and I was suffering multiple diseases. Life was nothing but pain to me. Thanks to a relative of mine who was a practitioner of Falun Gong, I obtained the Fa in September that year. Master and Falun Gong gave me a second life.
How I Became a Falun Dafa Practitioner
I had a competitive and selfish nature ever since I was young. Whatever I did, I wanted to surpass others. And my health was poor. In the spring of 1998, my ever-healthy husband suddenly passed away from an acute illness; I fainted when I heard the news. When I came to, looking at my grown children crying around me, I felt I lacked the strength to continue.
When I was thinking of abandoning my life every day, a relative, who was a Falun Dafa practitioner, came to visit me and said, “Why don't you study Dafa?” I said, “What is Dafa? I'm not in the mood to do anything.” She answered, “Only after you learn Falun Dafa taught by Master Li Hongzhi will you be able to understand your life and all the things that have happened to you.” She then told me more details about Falun Dafa. I was moved, and joined her in a local group to study Dafa. I did not think much about my health or the healing power of Falun Dafa; actually I just wanted some comfort for my aching heart. However, all my illnesses disappeared before long and I felt my body was so light.
Jiang Zemin launched the persecution of Falun Gong on July 20, 1999, and deceived the Chinese people with lies defaming practitioners. I did not understand the situation at that time, but just cried for the loss of my cultivation environment. Local authorities sent people to watch me and other practitioners every day, but I never stopped practicing the exercises and studying the Fa.
How I Validated the Fa
In 2000, some local practitioners went to Beijing to appeal against the unjust persecution of Falun Dafa. Not joining them deepened the sorrow in my heart. Although we did not know about clarifying the truth at that time, I actively told everyone I met about Dafa and the positive effects it had had on me. In late 2000, several practitioners were arrested. As a result of brutal interrogation, they reported on me, and a dozen police officers came to my home when I was reading Falun Dafa books one day in June. They took me to the police station and questioned me for information about other practitioners. I said I did not know. They then asked me why I practiced Falun Gong. I replied, “Because Falun Gong helped me regain my health. Why are you bothering me? What is wrong with my practicing Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance? None of you can stop me from practicing Falun Gong.” The police director called the Party secretary from the township government who was responsible for the local persecution of Falun Gong, as they were not sure what to do. The Party secretary tried to force me to renounce my belief. I told him and the others, “I had illnesses before, and I did not want to live after my husband died. Through practicing Falun Gong, I regained my health and the will to live. I cannot lie to my conscience. Let me demonstrate the exercises to you...” and I started to do the first exercise. They did not know what to say but let me go.
In 2001, Master gave a lecture at the international Fa conference in Washington, D.C. Although I had not had the chance to read the lecture (local practitioners were sharing only one copy and had to take turns to read it), I was overjoyed. I wanted to let everyday people know that my Master was righteous and the Chinese Communist Party's defamation was nothing but lies. I also wanted to express my gratitude for Master's guidance and care for his disciples. But what could I do to validate the Fa and Master under such persecution? I decided to write “Congratulations to Master on a successful speech at the international Fa conference in Washington, D.C.” on paper and delivered it to more than 30 governmental offices and stores at proper times. As the persecution intensified, we local practitioners lost contact with those in other places; and some of us were arrested.
In the summer of 2002, I went to Shenyang City to handle some business, where I encountered a practitioner from another part of my county and got in touch with a site that produced truth-clarification materials. From then on, I frequently went over 50 kilometers to the material site to pick up the copies of Minghui Weekly and other materials that we could use to promote everyday people's awareness of the brutal persecution of Falun Gong. Once, I brought back more than a hundred stickers with truth-clarification words printed on them, but local practitioners did not want to take them because putting those stickers up in public places might risk personal security. I went out and posted those stickers within one night. The next day I heard people said, “Wow, those Falun Gong practitioners are amazing. There was nothing here yesterday, but look now, their stickers are everywhere, as if some heavenly soldiers had helped them to do this!”
Once I went to hang up a Dafa banner and saw a good location where people would see it. However, there were no poles or walls where I could hang the banner, just a tall tree with few branches and twigs. It was dark at night, what could I do? I then sent forth righteous thought and asked Master and righteous gods to reinforce my ability. Unbelievably, I climbed up the tree and hung the banner. I could not see anything when I looked down, as it was so dark. Coming down the tree, I was excited and did not notice that I got several scratches and was bleeding on my belly and legs. I should not have developed the heart of zealotry.
Another time I was spraying Falun Dafa Is Good, Zhen-Shan-Ren Is Good with my home-made vinyl pattern on telephone poles. After sending forth righteous thoughts at midnight, I went out and started to do the spraying along the main road outside my village. At a location approximately 5 kilometers away, I fastened the pattern on a pole, but before I started to spray, a car drew near and eventually stopped 5 meters away from me. Although knowing that the people in the car were very likely to catch sight of me and what I was doing and report it to the police, it was too late for me to run away. I just lay down on my stomach on the ground, closed my eyes, and recited Master's “Benevolent Might” from Hong Yin,
“Dafa is what you carry everywhere,
Zhen Shan Ren, rooted in the mind;
A great Arhat walks the earth,
Gods and demons fear with awe.”
I prayed to Master to support my work and to send away the people that were interrupting me. About 10 minutes later, they left. I finished my two bottles of paint for the spraying that night.
Later, Minghui Weekly added one more issue to the original three per month, so I needed to go to the materials production site every Sunday by long-distance bus. Considering the burden on me, the coordinator in our county reassigned me to pick up materials from a different site only 10 kilometers away from my home and I could ride my bike there. Usually I would go to the new site by bike either very early in the morning or late at night due to that fact that I was busy farming during the day. One morning I set off at 3 a.m. and the visibility on the road was poor. To maintain my strength, I was reciting Lunyu and Hong Yin all the way. It was still dark when I arrived in the village and most people were still asleep, except the practitioner's home was lit. Upon seeing me, the practitioner said, “Unbelievable! This must have been arranged by Master. We had gotten up early today to go to finish some work. Right before we were about to leave, one of us suggested that we wait a little longer, just 'till the dawn. And here you are. It was arranged for us to wait for you, otherwise your trip here would have been in vain.”
One morning I went out to hang up banners. At 2 o'clock in the autumn morning it was dark. I saw a banner that I had put up several days before half-falling, so I tried to put it back up with a stick that I found on the ground. All of a sudden, I heard footsteps approaching, and I quickly ran into the nearby crop field. A man stopped where I had stood. I could hear him breathing. The plants were short, not the kind that could hide a person safely. The man was talking to himself, saying, “I saw a person here. Where could that person have gone?” Sitting down, he continued, “Weird … I will sit and wait here 'till you come out.” I sent forth righteous thoughts to make this man to go away. About 40 minutes later, he did. I got home safely again, thanks to Master's reinforcement.
The above are but a few examples of countless cases where Master has protected me. I cannot express my gratitude to Master with words.
How I Established My Materials Production Site
I had never imagined that there would ever be a truth-clarification materials production site in my home. In 2007, the local coordinator raised this idea and encouraged me to establish my own site to produce truth-clarification materials for practitioners in my area. I was doubtful about my ability, as I was almost 60 years old and had only gone to four years of elementary school many years ago. Could I manage to use a computer and print materials? The coordinator said, “Once you have a steadfast belief, Master can do anything. Master can open up your wisdom.”
I was excited about this idea. We had been waiting on, depending on, and asking practitioners in other towns to give us materials, which had meant extra work for them. If others could do the work, I should be able to, too. Age should not matter in Falun Dafa cultivation. If this was part of Master's plan for Fa-rectification, I should not let Master down.
In a few days, the coordinator arranged for the necessary equipment and a fellow practitioner who provided technical support. I was very moved by the fact that, as long as one has a steadfast heart, Master is always beside us and helping us. Although I was an old village woman, I was able to produce materials before long. The technical practitioner was surprised to see that I needed only a few days to master the process that others usually needed more time to do, but he didn't tell me that back then in order to avoid arousing my heart of zealotry. I definitely felt that Master granted me the intelligence to perform the task.
In the last several years, I have accessed important information for Dafa practitioners from the Minghui/Clearwisdom website and passed it on to local practitioners. Instead of relying on the practitioners who have technical skills, I have tried to solve most problems myself. In the meantime, I have been working my family's 30 acres without any help. The field work alone is demanding enough for an everyday person of my age, but I have been able to manage it well while providing Dafa materials to fellow practitioners on time.
I have no words to adequately express my gratitude to Master and His merciful salvation. I will continue cultivating diligently and not let Master down. I want to say once more, “Master, thank you. I am following and will follow your teachings, do the three things well, cultivate myself truly in order to save sentient beings, and fulfill my oaths.”
Thank you again, merciful, mighty Master!
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