Impressed by Falun Dafa practitioners’ performance during Olympic Day on June 23, 2014, the Russia Olympic Committee recommended them to the Crimea Sports Committee for celebrations of the 75th Day of the Physical Culturist on August 9, 2014.
At the end of the activities, the host presented practitioners with an honorary certificate signed by the Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation. A member of the Crimea Sports Committee thanked practitioners for their participation and said that compassion harmonizes people and makes life more meaningful.
|A practitioner talks to a member of the Crimea Sports Committee about the persecution of Falun Gong|
The host of the event said that they were looking for a more benign and effective fitness method and thought of Falun Dafa. They invited practitioners to demonstrate the five exercises during the opening ceremony. The practitioners also gave out a lot of truth clarification fliers and paper lotus flowers to the attendees.
In addition to demonstrating the exercises, practitioners taught visitors how to fold paper lotus flowers. They talked about their beliefs in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and also told people about the the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s persecution of practitioners in China. Many people signed the petition calling upon the Chinese regime to immediately stop harvesting organs from living practitioners.
|The host presented an honorary certificate to Falun Dafa practitioners. It was signed by the Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation|
After learning about the persecution and the forced organ harvesting from living practitioners, one man immediately signed the petition.
He said, “I'm worried about the current social turmoil. All of my worries disappeared when I heard the Falun Dafa music, as if all the problems were solved. It is so tranquil! The practice won't have such power if it's not good.”
“The Chinese regime is wrong in persecuting Falun Gong. Organ harvesting is a crime against humanity. I am definitely against it!” he added.
A Christian woman saw the practitioners and commented, “China is quite advanced, and the commodities have good quality and are sold at reasonable prices.”
A practitioner explained to her that due to the CCP's persecution, millions of Falun Gong practitioners and other dissidents have been imprisoned in China, and they are forced to do hard labor, contributing to the goods exported from China being so cheap.
Talking about the persecution, the woman said that she heard that underground Christians are persecuted in China, too. The practitioner replied, “It's because the CCP believes in atheism, and opposes all religious beliefs. We expose the CCP's crimes in hopes that our effort will help reduce many people's suffering.”
After listening to the practitioner's explanation, the woman understood the situation better. Before leaving, she repeatedly expressed her gratitude, and said, “God bless you, and I hope you succeed with your efforts.”
|Twelve-year-old Nicole helps distribute Falun Dafa newsletters|
When a practitioner was giving out Falun Dafa newsletters, 12-year-old Nicole asked if she could help. The practitioner gave her some. When Nicole finished distributing the newsletters, she asked for more.
The practitioner asked her why she wanted to help, Nicole said, “I think it’s a lot of work for you to give out all the newsletters, so I wanted to help you.”
The practitioner asked if her parents knew where she was. She pointed at a bus parked nearby and said, “They're there; they can see me. They agreed that I could help you out.” Nicole continued to distribute newsletters until the end of the event.
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