217th Assembly of Presbyterians

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The Capulong Brothers

Since May 2005, eight pastors and leaders of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP) have been shot and killed. The latest is the Rev. Noli Capulong, one of two brothers who are also pastors, who was assassinated on May 27.

At the time of his death, Noli was chair of the Christian Witness and Service Committee of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Calamba City (UCCP-Calamba), a few miles south of Manila. An email from one of our mission co-workers, Cobbie Palm, said that two gunmen shot Noli several times as he was returning home. He left behind a wife, a 20-year-old son, a 16-year-old daughter, and the grieving communities he helped.

What makes Noli's death doubly tragic is that he was one of the best possible kidney donors to his brother, the Rev. Dr. Noriel Capulong. Noriel is a professor at the School of Divinity of Silliman University and a noted Asian scholar of the Old Testament.

Noli is gone, but Noriel still needs help. Friends of Noriel Capulong have raised half the $40,000 needed for his kidney transplant. He needs your help. You can email Cobbie Palm or send your donations through the Rev. Joe Malayang of our sister denomination, the United Church of Christ. His address: Rev. Joe A. Malayang, Executive Minister, Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ, 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44115.


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