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.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Metzger Ministry Update - January 2019 | Only by God's Grace!

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. - Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

Happy New Year 2019! Thank you for your faithfulness in loving our family during 2018. Your words of encouragement, prayers and generosity have been evident. 

This month we celebrate 12 years since we arrived in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Kassia was 2 years old the day we landed in this country and she will turn 14 this week. Kurt and I will also celebrate 19 years of marriage this month and at the end of the month Lukas will turn 11. All of this has happened only by God's grace!

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(pictures from top: Kurt and Johanna - 19 years ago; Kassia and Johanna; Matthias; Lukas)

God is faithful and we are so grateful for the joyous times as well as the hard times that made us depend more on Him and His grace. He is the one that enables us each and every day as we continue to minister here, parent our children, and grow as a couple.

Love from Ukarumpa,

Johanna and Kurt for Kassia, Lukas and Matthias too!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Metzger Ministry Update - December 2018 | Scripture Celebrations

It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. - Isaiah 55:11 (NLT)

Thank you for standing beside us through your faithful prayers for our ministry and family and through your inspirational financial partnership. God was faithful during this year of 2018 as we were able to spend the first half of the year in Colombia, during our home assignment, and the second half of the year we have been readjusting to being back here in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Thank you for being a very important part of what we do as we serve here!

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(pictures from top: Lukas and Matthias selling crafts at our local Craft fair; Johanna and Kurt; Kassia playing in the middle school band concert)

As we celebrate Christmas and the gift of Jesus this year, we rejoice with our Papua New Guinean brothers and sisters that now have the gift of God’s word in a language that speaks to their hearts! In November, during our church service here in Ukarumpa, we celebrated all of the New Testaments, Scripture portions, one Jesus film, and audio recordings completed this year in Papua New Guinea. There were 41 different items (the list below follows the pattern of Language name (PNG Province) – scripture portion):

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NEW TESTAMENTS

  • Baruga (Oro Province) – New Testament + Audio Recording of the NT
  • Binumarien (Eastern Highlands Province) – New Testament Revision + 5 OT books
  • Doromu-Koki (Central Province) – New Testament + Audio Recording of the NT
  • Menya (Morobe Province) – New Testament + Audio Recording of the NT
SCRIPTURE PORTIONS and AUDIO RECORDINGS
  • Arop-Sissano (Sandaun Province) – 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon + Audio Recording of 1,2,3 John and Jude
  • Bauni Barupu (Sandaun Province) – 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon + Audio Recording of 1,2,3 John and Jude
  • Bauni Pou (Sandaun Province) – 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon + Audio Recording of 1,2,3 John and Jude
  • Edolo (Southern Highlands Province) – John
  • Enga (Enga Province) – Matthew
  • Gizrra (Western Province) – 12 Epistles
  • Madi (Madang Province) – Mark
  • Malol (Sandaun Province) – 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon + Audio Recording of 1,2,3 John and Jude
  • Nama (Western Province) – Mark + Audio Recording of Mark
  • Nek (Morobe Province) – Esther, Ephesians, Colossians and Titus
  • Onnele Goiniri (Sandaun Province) – 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon + Audio Recording of 1,2,3 John and Jude
  • Onnele Romei Barera (Sandaun Province) – 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
  • Onnele Wolwale (Sandaun Province) – 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon + Audio Recording of 1,2,3 John and Jude
  • Sissano (Sandaun Province) – 1&2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon + Audio Recording of 1,2,3 John and Jude
ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES with AUDIO RECORDINGS
  • Angor (Sandaun Province) – Audio Recording of Mark
  • Bouni Sumo (Sandaun Province) – Audio Recording of 1,2,3 John and Jude
  • Kombio-Yanimoi (East Sepik Province) – Audio Recording of Matthew and Jonah
  • Kombio-Wampukuamp (East Sepik Province) – Audio Recording of Matthew and Jonah
  • Lote (East New Britain) – Audio Recording of the NT
  • Mangseng (West New Britain) – Audio Recording of the NT
  • Misima (Milne Bay Province) – Audio Recording of 1&2 Samuel, Ezra, Ruth and parts of Genesis and Psalms
  • Patpatar (New Ireland Province) – Audio Recording of the NT
  • Ramoaaina (New Ireland Province) – Audio Recording of the NT
  • Uni Ramo (Sandaun Province) – Audio Recording of 1,2,3 John and Jude
JESUS FILM
  • Mouwase (Gulf Province) – Jesus Film

Love from Ukarumpa,

Johanna and Kurt for Kassia, Lukas and Matthias too!

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Metzger Ministry Update - October 2018 | Doromu-Koki NT

For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do. - Hebrews 6:10 (NLT)

Dear friends and family,

Thank you for praying for us as we support Bible Translation here in Papua New Guinea (PNG). God is faithful and His character never changes. We thank Him for the privilege of being able to serve here in PNG. Thanks for the part you play in our family and ministry here. We could not do this without your prayers, giving, and love for us!

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(Kassia; Lukas with his Grade 5 teacher; Matthias)

Praise God with us that on September 22nd the Doromu-Koki people of Papua New Guinea received the New Testament in their language for the first time! Pray that they will read and listen to the New Testament in their language and that they will hear from God and grow in their faith.

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(Doromu-Koki celebrate the New Testament in their language; Kurt linking the remote radio via fiber optic cable)

Kurt has been busy these last several weeks. He was able to connect a remote radio for our aviation department via fiber optic cable (which will allow the ground staff to hear the pilots while they are flying), track down an issue that was causing devices on the center network to go off-line randomly, and work with other staff to lift, rotate and re-tune our 3.7 meter VSAT dish so that we could connect to another more reliable and cheaper satellite internet provider.

We don’t get letters or packages often; it’s expensive to send things around the world! That means they’re extra-special when they arrive. For anyone interested, here is our address:

Kurt and Johanna Metzger
SIL Box 1 (161)
Ukarumpa EHP 444
Papua New Guinea

Love from rainy Ukarumpa,
Johanna and Kurt for Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias too!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Metzger Ministry Update - September 2018 | 1,000 and 100

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you[b] from the power of sin that leads to death. - Romans 8:1 (NLT)

Dear Loved Ones,

We have been back in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for over a month and a half and praise the Lord for that. His mercies are new every morning and His faithfulness lasts forever!

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{pictures: Kassia recently won a regional HS Touch Rugby tournament with the UIS girls; Matthias love crafts}

On August 12th of this year in Uganda, the Keliko people celebrated the completion of their New Testament! It's the 1,000th New Testament Wycliffe and SIL International have had the privilege to help facilitate. Please join us in praising God for this milestone!

100 years ago in Cameron
Townsend’s diary he committed
his life to translating
the Scripture into local languages
and reaching the
people for Christ. This
commitment later resulted
in the formation of the
Summer Institute of Linguistics,
and then Wycliffe
Bible Translators.

The kids started school on July 18th and will soon finish their first term (there are four terms per school year here). Kassia is in 8th grade, Lukas in 5th, and Matthias in 2nd. They love being back in PNG with their friends and wonderful teachers! God is good and His character never changes.

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{pictures: Lukas loves our cat Mittens; Johanna enjoying fellowship with friends from South America here in Ukarumpa}

Please pray for Kurt who has been busy at work. The power supply for the entire Ukarumpa datacenter failed last weekend (September 1st and 2nd) and he had to work long hours trying to figure out what was happening. All of our servers, networking and internet were off! He is still tired this week as he and his co-worker are trying to rebuild and restore everything that broke during the failure. Pray also for Kassia who has a busy schedule this year, that God would hold her hand each day. She is in choir, band (plays clarinet), Soul Purpose band (for the youth at church) and doing sports after school (this term she is playing Touch Rugby). Lukas loves being in his first year of band playing the baritone, pray for him too. Matthias is learning how to read more fluently so please pray as he strengthens both his reading skills in Spanish and English. Johanna is teaching our kids (Mother Tongue Studies MTS/Spanish) about 4 hours a week and helping out at their school one morning in Grade 3.

Love to you from sunny Ukarumpa,
Kurt and Johanna Metzger (for Kassia, Lukas)

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Metzger Ministry Update - August 2018 | Safe Return

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name goes all the glory for your unfailing love and faithfulness. - Psalm 115:1 (NLT)

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your love, encouragement, giving, and prayers. We would not be able to do our work here in Papua New Guinea (PNG) if it wasn't for your partnership with our ministry! Thanks for praying for us as we traveled back to PNG in July. We have been in Ukarumpa for 3 weeks and are slowly getting settled.

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(Our family traveling back to Ukarumpa in July)

The kids started school a couple of weeks ago and on that same day, Kurt went back to work at the Communication and Technical Services Department as the Network Services Manager. He enjoys being back at his job. Johanna has been unpacking and organizing our house as well as making food from scratch (such as granola, yogurt), doing laundry, etc. We thank God that we are back "home" but we ask you to pray as we are still in transition. Please pray also for good health for our family as Kassia sprained her ankle today at school and we have been experiencing some sickness since we returned.

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(Enjoying our last days with Johanna’s family in Bogota, Colombia)

We thank God that we have been able to return to our ministry in PNG and we also thank Him for the friends that welcomed us back who have become like family in the last 11 and half years since we first came to this country.

Thank you also for helping us make some wonderful memories while we were in the United States and in Colombia during the last 10 months (and in Australia passing through). We thank the Lord for that special time!

Love from beautiful and sunny Ukarumpa,
Kurt and Johanna for Kassia, Lukas and Matthias too!

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Metzger Ministry Update - July 2018 | Transition

I trust in the Lord for protection. So why do you say to me, "Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!" - Psalm 11:1 (NLT)

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for praying for us; and through your prayers, carrying us through the last 10 months of home assignment. We have loved being in the United States and in Colombia with many of you and will take many memories with us to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

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(With family enjoying Colombia’s run in the World Cup)

This week we read a testimony of a Papua New Guinean Bible translator. Michael said:

I am so grateful that we now have access to many books of the Bible translated into our language. Reading and studying God’s Word in Seimat enables me to understand it so that I can share it with others. My desire is for many more Seimat people to get to know the truth and experience God’s direction and power in their lives so that they can stand firm in Christ. Especially in the presence of some spiritual influence and teachings that sometimes mislead people and they become double-minded or unstable in faith. It is hard for me when that happens. I pray that God’s Word translated into Seimat would change the hearts and thinking of my people.

Yes! This is why we want to return to PNG. The reason we are willing to make the sacrifices of leaving family, going through another major life transition, and facing uncertainties in many areas is to see people understanding God's Word, allowing it to transform their lives, and sharing it with others.

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(Celebrating Johanna’s niece’s high school graduation; Early morning in Ukarumpa – photo by Karen Weaver)

Please pray for us as we begin our return trip to PNG this week. Lord willing, we will arrive in Ukarumpa (where our home is) on July 11th.

Love from Bogota,
Kurt and Johanna Metzger