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SBC DIGEST: ChinaAid’s Bob Fu targeted by protesters; Evangelist, donor Richard Headrick dies

Bob Fu targeted by protesters

By BP Staff

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MIDLAND, Texas (BP) – Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, a human rights organization advocating for religious freedom China, has become the target of protesters, who have swarmed in front of his Texas home carrying signs accusing him of being a spy for the Chinese Communist Party.

NewsWest9, Midland’s NBC affiliate, spoke with a few of the protesters, who refused to give their names or say where they’re from. Midland’s mayor has stationed police officers outside the home to ensure the protesters remain peaceful.

Neighbors and friends of Fu dismiss the claim and instead say whoever is organizing the protest may be attempting to discredit Fu, who has been highly critical of the Chinese Communist Party. Fu has been a frequent source for Baptist Press regarding human rights abuses in China.

Fu and his family are staying in an undisclosed safe location.

Richard Headrick, generous donor to SBC entities, dies

By SEBTS Staff

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – Evangelist, donor and businessman Richard Headrick died Monday (Oct. 5) after battling cancer. He was 77.

Richard and Gina Headrick

Headrick was a longtime donor and supporter of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), and in March of 1998, SEBTS established its second endowed chair, the Richard and Gina Headrick chair of world missions.

Headrick’s love for the Gospel and his desire for people of every nation to know Jesus motivated his giving. SEBTS President Danny Akin recounted a two-week trip he and his wife Charlotte took with the Headricks to Southeast Asia to visit SEBTS students serving with the International Mission Board. That trip deeply impacted Akin is his first years as president of the seminary and shaped his vision for SEBTS to be committed to the Great Commission.

“Richard Headrick was one of the most passionate soul winners I have ever known,” Akin said. “He would talk to anybody and everybody about Jesus. He also had a love for missions that led him and his precious wife Gina to traveling the world sharing the Gospel and encouraging missionaries on the field. I will miss Richard, but I am grateful I will see him again. And equally wonderful, I will see the many souls that are in heaven because of his faithfulness to tell others about the Jesus who saved and transformed his life.”

Headrick was CEO of The Headrick Companies, Inc., in Laurel, Miss. He served on the boards of multiple organizations, including Bailey Smith Ministries, Kendrick Ministries, Alpha International Ministries and Grace International Outreach. The Headricks founded Hope Foundations, the Good Samaritan Foundation, Hellfighters International and Mission at the Cross Ministries. In 2012, the couple helped produce a full-length film titled “Last Ounce of Courage.”

After being radically changed by the Gospel in 1989, Headrick lived a life fully dedicated to sharing the Gospel message with others. Hellfighters International, founded in 2005, consists of four ministries, including Mission of the Cross, which provides work for former convicts, alcoholics and drug addicts, providing them with jobs restoring damaged motorcycles while the Lord restores their hearts and lives.

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