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, February 05, 2018

{Metzger Ministry Update} February 2018 | "Treasure Every Moment"

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world. – Psalms 46:10

Dear friends and family,

Thank you again and again for persisting in prayer for us. Our home assignment here in Colombia has been challenging and good. We realize we need to treasure every moment because soon we will be back in Papua New Guinea, Lord willing.

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(Lukas and Kassia in Lomalinda, Colombia – where Kurt was born and grew up)

It has been a joy for us to visit two different churches here in Bogota, one of which partners with us in ministry. We are looking forward to visiting the first church in Colombia to partner with us, a sister church to the two we have visited.

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(Lomalinda Lake at sunset; Lukas and Matthias with cousins and Grandpa Miguel)

Almost There!

We are encouraged because in the last month some of YOU have decided to partner with us financially on a monthly basis and through one time gifts. Lord willing, we plan to return to our ministry in PNG in July 2018. However, for that to happen, we must have 100% of the monthly financial budget that Wycliffe requires before we will be released to return. Would you like to partner with us? If so, click http://bit.ly/wycliffeusa. We will need $220 more per month to reach our ministry budget prior to our return. Would you please pray with us now that God will raise up new partners for our ministry so that we can return? We know He is able!

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We need to increase our ministry income by:
$220 per month

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Please let us know how we can pray for YOU! Also please continue to pray for our kids as they enjoy school and yet continue to adjust to many changes. We know God is faithful and will continue to be.

Love in Him,
Johanna for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias too!

Monday, January 22, 2018

{Metzger Ministry Update} January 2018 | "Almost there"

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. – Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT)

Dear Loved Ones,


Thank you for upholding us through your prayers. We have now been in Colombia for 3 weeks and are starting to feel a bit more settled during our home assignment here. Thanks also for praying for us as we got our shipment ready to send to Papua New Guinea (PNG) when we were SO sick last month. Your prayers were answered and we were able to leave everything ready to send to PNG.

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(Back with Johanna’s family after 4 years!; Matthias with Tía (Aunt) Patricia)

The kids started school on January 10th and I (Johanna) also began helping at the kids’ school that day. Please continue to pray as the kids get used to our daily routine which is very different than the one in our home in PNG. Pray that we will be able to learn what God teaches us as we all adjust. He has been SO good to us!


We are excited to return to PNG, Lord willing, in July of this year. Kurt will continue to work at the Communication and Technical Services (CTS) as the network manager and we also look forward to his new part time role with the Aitape West Translation Program. He will help this team in different ways, one of them being exploring new sources of funding for scripture use, literacy, and discipleship ministries.

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(Lukas and Kassia enjoy Colombian food)

Almost There!

We are encouraged because in the last month some of YOU have decided to partner with us financially on a monthly basis and through one time gifts. Lord willing, we plan to return to our ministry in PNG in July 2018. However, for that to happen, we must have 100% of the monthly financial budget that Wycliffe requires before we will be released to return. Would you like to partner with us? If so, click http://bit.ly/wycliffeusa. We will need $410 more per month to reach our ministry budget prior to our return. Would you please pray with us now that God will raise up new partners for our ministry so that we can return? We know He is able!

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We need to increase our ministry income by:
$410 per month

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Love,
Johanna for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias too!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas from the Metzgers

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
{Isaiah 9:6-7}

Dear Loved Ones,

We would like to wish you a Christmas full of wonder and excitement as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! We pray for each of you this passage from Romans 15:13 - "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."

Thank you for praying for our family as we are all feeling much better.

Come Lord Jesus,

Kurt for Johanna, Kassia, Lukas & Matthias too!

Friday, December 01, 2017

{Metzger Ministry Update} December 2017 | "Rejoice with the Kasua"

“Don’t be dejected and sad. For the joy of the Lord is your strength” – Nehemiah 8: 10b (NLT)

Dear Friends and Family,

Celebrate with us! The Kasua people in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) now have the New Testament in their own language!

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(Kasua New Testament Celebration in Papua New Guinea at the end of October)

Thank you for loving our family so tangibly; your faithfulness is a joy and encouragement to us! God is faithful and his love endures forever. He never changes even though our circumstances might change constantly. Thank you for praying for us when we serve in PNG and while we are here during our Home Assignment. Since we arrived in the United States (US) two months ago, we have had the privilege of formally speaking on four different occasions, two of those at our partnering churches; and we have also shared informally with many of you. Thank you for listening to our story!

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(Kassia; Matthias likes bread!)

We are encouraged because in the last month some of YOU have decided to partner with us financially on a monthly basis and through one time gifts. Lord willing, we plan to return to our ministry in PNG in July 2018. However, for that to happen, we must have 100% of the monthly financial budget that Wycliffe requires before we will be released to return. Would you like to partner with us? If so, click here. We will need $826 more per month to reach our ministry budget prior to our return. Would you please pray with us now that God will raise up new partners for our ministry so that we can return? We know He is able!

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We need to increase our ministry income by:
$826 per month

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Our time here in the US is coming to an end and, Lord willing, we will travel to Colombia at the end of this month. The kids will start school in Bogota at the beginning of January and Johanna will begin teaching at the school our children will attend. Thanks for praying as we transition. We are looking forward to meeting Johanna’s niece’s baby (Tommy) who was born yesterday!

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(Lukas with his favorite animal at the Fort Worth Zoo; Baby Tommy – one day old!)

Blessings and Love,
Johanna for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias too!

Friday, November 10, 2017

{Metzger Ministry Update} November 2017 | "Faster Internet"

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

Dear Loved Ones,

Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement. We started this month out by sharing about our ministry twice already! Thanks to those who have listened to us either in a group setting or in person. God has used YOU, our partners, to love on us during this home assignment time.

(Send us an email if you’d like a high-res copy of our new prayer card!)

Praise God that after two years of planning, running fiber-optic cables, and installing wireless links, our new faster internet connection is online in Ukarumpa! It will allow better communication between translators and consultants working in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with those working remotely. It will also allow us to stay better connected with our families, friends, and ministry partners in our home countries.

My coworker, Andrew Campbell, and I (Kurt), worked closely with a technician from the new internet provider. He shared that during university he and his classmates went to our center, Ukarumpa, to attend Bible camps. Because of his familiarity and positive experience with our organization he made it a priority to get us connected. While this new connection is still probably slower than the internet you have in your homes, it is a huge improvement for us! Thank you for praying for me and the rest of the IT team as we worked toward this new internet connection!

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(visiting with family: Kurt with his brother Eric; Matthias with grandpa “Mel/Miguel” and cousin Miguel)

Each month we are humbled by your generosity in your partnership with us. We are encouraged because in the last month we received one time gifts that help towards reaching our goal. Lord willing, we plan to return to our ministry in PNG in July 2018. However, for that to happen, we must have 100% of the monthly financial support that Wycliffe requires before we will be released to return. Would you like to partner with us? If so, click here. We will need $1,000 more per month prior to our return. Would you please pray with us now that God will raise up new partners for our ministry so that we can return? We know He is able!

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We need to increase our support by:

$1,000 per month

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Blessings and Love,

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

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Wycliffe Ministry Partnership Invitation

You are so important to us! We invite you to partner with us financially so that we can return to Papua New Guinea in July 2018. We are only lacking 11 ministry partners that are able to give $100 per month or 22 that are able to give $50. We trust that God will provide! Your faithfulness in helping to fund and pray for our Wycliffe ministry is such an encouragement and joy to us.

– Kurt, Johanna, Kassia, Lukas & Matthias

PS – Please email us, we'd love to send you our family picture for 2017!