A volunteer from Australia | Minghui
Last October, I heard practitioners say that if a Westerner recognizes that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is bad and signs the petition to end its tyranny, the person will have made a choice for his future.
I started with the area that I live in, I began to ask people to sign the petition. Then, I moved to the surrounding districts and suburbs where there are no Falun Dafa practitioners.
The residents in these areas are mostly retirees and students. Several people also worked from home due to the pandemic, but went out to buy things for their evening meals. As a result of the CCP virus, people seldom went into the city and mainly stayed in the residential suburbs. If we don’t go to them, it would be difficult to meet them and tell the truth. So, from Monday to Friday, fellow practitioners and I went to shopping centers, walkways or busy areas in the neighborhood we lived in, and asked people to sign the petition.
When one man signed the petition, he said, “It’s the first time I saw a Chinese person who wants to end the CCP. Remarkable!” I said, “We love China. The Chinese people are good; it’s the CCP that is bad.” Many people agree.
Going to the Beach to Collect Signatures
On weekends, many people head to the beach. This is a good opportunity to tell to people the truth about Falun Dafa practitioners and collect signatures, so we began going to the beaches on weekends. People go to the beach with friends or family for a BBQ or picnic. We talk to them in groups and the results are good. Another good thing is, if one of them in the group understands the truth, he will tell his companions and encourage them to sign the petition. People are willing to believe it if the information comes from their friends or family.
Later, taking a cue from past experiences, when we notice a large crowd that seem to be from the same family, we approach the elderly man among them and talk to them. If one of them is willing to sign, we ask him to tell his family about it. If it looks like a gathering among friends, we jokingly ask who is in charge. Regardless of who they point to, we talked to that person first. Usually if one person accepts the truth and signs the petition, the others would ask what it is about. Most of the times, 80% of the group will sign the petition. On Australia’s national day, the beaches were packed. Another practitioner and I collected 25 pages of signatures in 6 hours. We only left after it got dark and people could no longer read the words.
Going to Rural Areas
I joined the Sydney car tour, going to rural areas to clarify the truth and collect signatures for the petition.
I went up to a western woman as she entered the shopping center and offered her a flier. She said she wasn’t interested. I thought to myself, “You rejected the flier before you even saw what was on it, what a pity.” Then I said, “Good morning, this is a global petition to end the CCP.” She replied with great displeasure, “I am not interested, you asked me twice already.” I felt a little uncomfortable. I
I met the woman again. Holding out the flier, I smiled at her. She looked at me with hostility. This time, she noticed the words, “End the CCP.” She stepped closer and asked what the CCP was. I told her it refers to the Chinese Communist Party. She took the information, read it, and then asked, “How can I trust what you say?” I said, “I am from China. I practice Falun Gong and the regime has been persecuting practitioners for over two decades, killing many people. The persecution is still going on.” I wanted to tell her more but she interrupted me, “I know about this. I have a friend who practices Falun Gong and told me about the brutalities of the CCP. I didn’t realize this is still happening after so many years.” She kept shaking her head and said, “This is so terrible.” After writing down her name on the petition, she said she will ask her friends to go online and sign the petition. I was so glad that I didn’t leave or I would have missed the chance to explain to this woman.
This incident taught me that we shouldn’t take it to heart if people treat us badly or misunderstand us when we are telling them the truth. Those who don’t understand may not be bad people.