Two brothers lived in a village in China. The older brother was a middle school teacher, and the younger brother was the chief of the village’s armed forces.
The brothers were both family friends of a local man who had moved out of town.
In 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began a severe persecution campaign against a spiritual meditation discipline called Falun Gong or Falun Dafa, which teaches people how to live by the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance.
The man practiced Falun Gong, and he became sad after hearing how his fellow practitioners were being violently arrested and seeing the horrible lies being spread in state-run media about these people. He decided he would counteract the persecution by telling his friends and family the truth about Falun Gong and the persecution.
“I went back to my hometown several times,” he wrote in a story he shared on Minghui.org. “Many people were indifferent to what I said, including my own family.”
Although the man felt discouraged, he did not give up. Falun Gong practitioners were still being harassed and arrested, and the number of those who had been killed through torture and other mistreatment was climbing.
He felt that the only way such injustice would end was if more people realized the truth and took a clear stance against the persecution. In addition, he knew that doing good things in one’s life produces good results, and doing bad things produces negative results.
One New Year’s Day, he again returned to his home village. The man’s family and the two brothers’ family had decided to spend the holiday together. The man took the opportunity to again share from his heart the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in China—and this time nearly everyone seemed to begin to realize the seriousness of the situation.
However, the older brother from the other family became upset and ridiculed the man.
“Is there something wrong with your brain?” the older brother asked. The man left the party very unhappy.
Some time later, the man again returned to his hometown. He visited the older brother at his home and again chatted with him about the injustice of the persecution. However, after more than an hour, he realized the older brother was stubbornly refusing to listen to anything he said about the issue, so he sadly left.
Around this time, the older brother began to experience some strange things over a period of several months.
One day, the older brother was on his way home after having dinner with the man’s brother. Suddenly, the older brother was attacked by a group of people for no apparent reason.
On another day, the older brother was walking along on a road by himself, when a car came racing straight towards him. At that time, he was able to dodge the car by quickly moving behind a tree.
But in the third incident, he was not so lucky. While riding his motorcycle, a van that had been following him for miles suddenly ran over him as he was making a turn, and he passed away.
A family member called the man, telling him about the car accident. Both families were heartbroken. To make matters worse, the man’s mother said that many young adults had died suddenly around that same time for unknown reasons.
The man soon realized he had not talked to the family’s younger brother in a while, so he decided to visit him one night in 2005. As the younger brother was chief of the village’s armed forces and his wife was chief of the Village Women’s Union, they had a lot of of respect and influence in the area.
Again, the man began talking to them about Falun Gong—he shared about how it is practiced peacefully around the world, but only in China is it unfairly targeted and violently persecuted. He also spoke about the violent history of the CCP in general and its repeated political campaigns against largely innocent people.
Even before he finished talking, the younger brother agreed with him and resolutely decided to do something about it. He added his name to a grassroots movement against the CCP called “Tuidang” by publicly withdrawing from the CCP and its related organizations. (To ensure their safety, participants are allowed to use pseudonyms.)
The younger brother’s 6-year-old son also shouted out to the man to help him withdraw from the Communist Youth League—and the man joyfully realized that even young children could understand the truth.
Shortly after this visit, the younger brother became deputy village chief, and within a few years, he became mayor of a nearby town. His entire family was blessed and lived in happiness.