Kurt, Johanna, Kassia, Lukas and Matthias

Our family in Papua New Guinea | 2012

Ukarumpa and Aiyura Valley

Ukarumpa is SIL's center of opperations in Papua New Guinea and where we live and work.

Miniafia New Testaments from the dedication in 2010

"God is a Miniafia Man," the loincloth-clad speaker exulted! "Before He was English, and American, and Australian. But today He has become Miniafia!"

Doini Island

Photo by Tim McIntosh (SIL PNG's boat manager in 2008) | Many of the 100's of islands in PNG can only be reached by boat.

Where do you play when you live on an island?

Children from Nubwageta village playing near the shore.

Miniafia New Testament Dedication

New Testament dedications in PNG usually include elaborate processions to welcome the Bibles.

Monday, April 24, 2017

{Metzger Ministry Update} April 2017 | "Exciting Changes"

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” – Mark 10:27 (NLT)

Dear Loved Ones,

We are grateful to God for His lovingkindness and faithfulness to us. Truly, His mercies are new every morning!

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(Lukas and Kassia)

Kurt and I (Johanna) have prayed and asked God to direct us in our time serving here in Papua New Guinea (PNG). We have felt led to become a part of the Aitape West Translation Project (AWTP) part-time. The AWTP is a multi-language Bible translation and literacy project that includes 11 languages and dialects that are spoken west of the town of Aitape in Sandaun Province in northwestern PNG. It seems to us as though we have been part of this team for years, ever since 2006, when we first met Ben and Mandy in the United States (Ben is the leader of the AWTP team). We have told you about them in many of our previous updates and they are some of our precious friends. Kurt first went to the village they work, Arop, in 2011 to install their VSAT satellite internet system. And last year (2016) he was also there helping Beth Fuller (a Scripture Use specialist with AWTP) install an electric solar panel system for her house.

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(AWTP translation center)

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(AWTP Final consultant checking of Titus & Philemon in 10 languages)

See videos of the AWTP ministry here:
Pehrsons in Papua New Guinea
God Calls National Translators
Arop: Sacrifice, Tragedy, Transformation

Please pray for us as Kurt works with AWTP as one of their project managers and helps them in developing partnerships. Pray also as his main role will continue to be the Information and Communication Technology Manager here in Ukarumpa, serving all of SIL in PNG.

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(from top: Matthias lost his first tooth; Johanna and Kassia)

We are always humbled by YOU, our partners, as you faithfully pray for us and encourage us month by month. Lord willing, we are praying/hoping to go on Home Assignment in less than 6 months and we are really starting to look forward to seeing YOU, our partners and family in Christ. Thanks to those of you who have been giving for us to be able to buy our tickets. We have set up a special Launch Account (send a check to the usual Wycliffe address below). On a separate note—not on the check—please write “Kurt and Johanna Metzger Launch Expense Account 71 – 285553”.

Love from cloudy Ukarumpa,
Johanna (and for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias)

Friday, March 17, 2017

{Metzger Ministry Update} March 2017 | "Pray Continually"

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Dear Loved Ones,

Thank you for your faithful prayers and encouragement for our family. Kurt continues to enjoy his work at the Communication and Technical Services here in Ukarumpa. His job enables our colleagues to do their tasks, both expatriate and Papua New Guineans, and also those involved directly in translating the Scriptures and support workers (like us) who in many ways help the translators. Kurt’s knee continues to heal and we are SO grateful to God for that and for your faithful prayers.

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(Lukas at the school book fair; Kassia at the Living Museum)

I (Johanna) very much enjoyed helping teach the Adult Tok Pisin Literacy Course that ended in December of last year. I am now helping my Dutch friend (and the main teacher of the course) organize a curriculum to train Papua New Guinean teachers so that they can teach the Adult Literacy Course themselves, in their villages.

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(from top: Johanna teaching at the literacy course; Adult Tok Pisin Literacy Course graduation)

God’s love never fails and His mercies are new every morning, to God be the glory! Please pray for our marriage to remain strong in Christ and for wisdom and love as we parent Kassia, Lukas and Matthias.

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(Matthias with his friend Noel)

Home assignment is a time for us to re-connect with our partners and family after being on the field for several years. Thanks to those of you who have already started giving for us to be able to buy our tickets. If you would like to help us purchase our tickets for our home assignment, we have set up a special Launch Account (send a check to the usual Wycliffe address). On a separate note—not on the check—please write “Kurt and Johanna Metzger Launch Expense Account 71 – 285553”.

Love and blessings,
Johanna and Kurt (and for Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

{Metzger Ministry Update} February 2017 | "Financial Update"

"You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." – Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)

We are so blessed to have many of you as part of our amazing partnership team! Together, we are more than 500 individuals and families, all praying for and supporting the Bible translation work going on in Papua New Guinea. Of those, 59 of you are giving recurring or one-time gifts for our Wycliffe ministry. We also wanted to thank you for praying for Kurt’s knee surgery and his recovery. It has been 3 weeks since the procedure and he is recuperating well. We are blessed beyond measure by your prayer support and encouragement and love.

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(Kassia, Lukas and Matthias)

The ministry of Wycliffe Bible Translators is unique and is funded by those who believe in its vision of reaching all the people of the world with God's life changing Word. Wycliffe has carefully produced a budget for members to cover the cost of living and working here in Papua New Guinea. We are currently lacking about $1,500/month in financial support and the shortfall in funds has been made evident due to unplanned for expenses this term on the field. We invite you to invest in Bible translation through partnering with us in our Wycliffe ministry by giving financially, encouraging us, and/or advocating on our behalf.

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(Matthias loves his mom!; It’s rainy season here in Ukarumpa and that means MUD!)

Home assignment is a time for us to re-connect with our partners and family after being on the field for several years. If you would like to help us purchase our tickets for our home assignment, we have set up a special Launch Account (send a check to the usual Wycliffe address below). On a separate note—not on the check—please write “Kurt and Johanna Metzger Launch Expense Account 71 – 285553”.

With much gratitude,

Johanna and Kurt (for Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias too!)

PS - If you are interested in helping with some of our immediate needs, Johanna’s niece has setup a GoFundMe campaign.


Wycliffe accepts tax-deductible contributions by mail or online at www.wycliffe.org. If by mail, please use the address below and include a separate note indicating, "Preference for the Wycliffe ministry of Kurt and Johanna Metzger, Account #285553." You may call 1-800-WYCLIFFE or visit http://bit.ly/wycliffeusa if you would like to set up automatic electronic payments. Each gift will be acknowledged with a tax-deductible receipt.

Please make checks payable to:

Wycliffe Bible Translators

PO Box 628200

Orlando, FL 32862-8200

Phone: 1-800-WYCLIFFE (1-800-992-5433)

E-mail: info.usa@wycliffe.org

(Wycliffe is a non-profit religious organization and a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability).


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

{Merry Christmas from the Metzger family}

For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? – Romans 8:31-32

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity during the last 10 years we have been in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Every month we are humbled and grateful as we see how God provides through YOU! Thank you very much.

We know that many of you pray for us. Please pray with us as we begin to plan a trip for Kurt to Australia to get an MRI (magnetic resonance image) of his right knee. As some of you might recall, he had surgery to repair his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in Colombia in 2009. That same knee has been bothering him for years now and we think now is the time to see what is happening to it. We have prayed about this and have been seeking wise counsel. There are no MRI machines here in PNG so that is why he would have to get medical treatment in Australia, possibly in Cairns where Lukas was born. 

May the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you,

Johanna for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias

Sunday, November 13, 2016

{Metzger Ministry Update} November 2016 | "Faithful"

"The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” - Isaiah 40:8 (NLT)

Dear Loved Ones,

Praise be to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! We marvel at his creation and its beauty. Below is a picture of Kurt’s orchids that bloomed this month. Thank you, Jesus for allowing us to enjoy what Your hands have made.

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(Diplocaulobium chrysotropis)

We also thank God for you, our partners, who faithfully and generously minister to our family every month. Thank YOU! Please pray for us as we seek to raise Lukas, Kassia, and Matthias in a way that honors Jesus and that honors them.

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(God is faithful! Today we celebrated these scriptures in print, audio and video format produced here in PNG in the last year.)

Pray with us for our friends Ben and Mandy Pehrson and their family and for our friend Beth Fuller. They are in the village in the Sandaun Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) right now. They work with the Aitape West Translation Project (AWTP) and will be in the village for two weeks.

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(from top: Kassia with Ellie Pehrson; Lukas; and Matthias with the roses he picked for mom)

Thanks again for your love and encouragement for our family as we serve here in PNG.

Love in Christ,
Kurt and Johanna (for Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias too!)

Saturday, September 03, 2016

{Metzger Ministry Update} September 2016 | "Urat NT!"

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. – Ephesians 6:13 (NLT)

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for praying for our family as Kurt traveled—1 ½ hours by plane and then 7+ hours by truck—to the Aitape West Translation Project (AWTP) in the Sandaun Province of Papua New Guinea at the beginning of August. He had a very successful trip and was able to assist in the installation of a solar powered electrical system for our friend Beth Fuller’s house as well as repair some network equipment essential for operations of the AWTP team.

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(from top: “brains” of Beth’s solar system; Beth’s house with solar panels on top)

Praise God! At the end of July I (Johanna) had the privilege of attending the Urat New Testament Dedication in the Sepik province of PNG. What a joy it was to see the Word of God coming to one of the bibleless peoples of Papua New Guinea!

(Urat New Testament Dedication)

In August I began assisting in teaching the Adult Tok Pisin Literacy Course here in Ukarumpa. That course helps Papua New Guinean adults learn how to read and write in Tok Pisin (the trade language of PNG). I am truly enjoying working in this way! Please pray that I would be a blessing to others.

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(Johanna teaching the Adult Tok Pisin Literacy Course)

As you can see it has been a busy couple of months in which God has truly blessed us. Thanks for faithfully lifting us up to our Heavenly Father and thank you also for your encouragement and love.

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(First day of school for Kassia, Lukas and Matthias—who’s excited and who’s not so sure…)

Love from cloudy Ukarumpa,

Johanna (and for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas and Matthias