In 1999 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began a nationwide persecution campaign to eradicate Falun Dafa. For some people, Falun Dafa had improved their health dramatically and taken root in their lives and in their hearts. Many were not willing to give up their faith even in the face of the CCP’s persecution. Most this group of people joined the Tuidang movement after it began in late 2004. They withdrew from the CCP and helped others do the same. The story below is of a Tuidang volunteer that followed such a path.
Before I practiced Falun Dafa I was diagnosed with many health problems including heart disease, a hepatic cyst, prolapse of the gastric mucosa, and cholecystitis. I had taken a lot of medicines, but nothing worked. In cold weather, I could not move my neck. If I lay down, I couldn’t get up by myself. Since practicing Falun Dafa all of my diseases went away.
Falun Dafa cultivation practice changed more than just my health. I am a high school teacher, and I follow the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance in my daily life. I have rid myself of the attachments to showing off and fighting, and have become peaceful and considerate. I am no longer picky about my assignments at work, nor do I fight for personal interest. I’ve gained the respect of my colleagues, students, and my students’ parents. Many of my coworkers, who were amazed at the changes they witnessed in me, also started practicing Falun Dafa.
When the persecution first started, I was afraid and I didn’t dare to talk to people. All I could do was post materials on the doors of people’s homes anonymously. Due to my faith I was able to overcome my fear.
I started to talk to people face-to-face. A fellow practitioner and I went to the home of a former student of mine who was in college at the time. We talked to her for a long time and convinced her to quit the CCP, to distance herself from their evil actions. She later helped me convince all her classmates, more than 70 of them, to quit the communist organizations. I was really encouraged when she gave me the list of names.
I subsequently gained the courage to talk to strangers about quitting the Party. The 610 office is an extra-judicial group formed specifically to carry out the persecution of Falun Gong. The local 610 Office agents often came to my workplace to check up on me. One day when they came I took the opportunity to talk to them about quitting the CCP.
I said to them, “Why do you come here so often? What I am doing is the most righteous thing. Can you see how the situation has changed? Don’t you know that many people who were involved in the persecution have met with retribution? Some died, some got injured, and some are in jail now. You guys should wake up!”
They appeared nervous and some started sweating profusely.
I continued, “Haven’t you heard about the great wave of people quitting the Party? So many people have abandoned the Party to secure a bright future for themselves. Why don’t you quit too?” One officer said, “Give us some time to think about it,” and they all left. They never came back to check on me.