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.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Rejoice in the Lord Always!

Dear Loved Ones,

This past week has gone by so quickly for us. Sunday afternoon Johanna noticed that she was bleeding slightly, which is not normal during pregnancy. She was able to go in to see her doctor on Monday morning. After performing a sonogram, the doctor determined that the baby had stopped developing over a month ago (this is medically called a Missed Abortion). Just this morning we went to the hospital for day surgery and her doctor was able to remove what was left of the pregnancy and clean Johanna’s uterus. It was quick, about 30 minutes for the actual operation, but it was still surgery! Johanna will have to be still for about 24 hours and then take it easy for the next two weeks. Her doctor said that the procedure went well and for the most part Johanna is doing well except for some discomfort that was expected.

We want to thank God for this little one that He brought into our lives, even for this short while, and has taken home to be with Him. We had so many plans and hopes for what we were going to do together… we loved this little baby. We now look forward to the day, in heaven, when we do get to meet.

Kassia has been such and encouragement to us during this time and always brings joy to our hearts! We thank God for her and those of you who also have encouraged us. Likewise, we thank God for allowing us to have Johanna’s mom with us right now. She came to visit not knowing all that would happen, but is glad to be able to help us during this time.

Thank you for your prayers!

In His hands,
Kurt (for Johanna and Kassia)


Kassia is going to be our ambassador among the native people of Papua. She will learn another language with the little ones out there! Wonderful! May our Lord take care of every step along their way. Love, Mel