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, April 03, 2008

April 2008 Update

Dear Loved Ones,

Thank you for your faithful prayers, encouragement, and financial partnership. We are grateful for the part you play in our ministry here in Papua New Guinea (PNG)!

We have been back in PNG for 4 weeks now.  Thanks for praying for our PNG visas to come through quickly while we were in Australia. God truly answered your prayers and we were able to come back sooner than we expected because our visas were granted very quickly. We arrived here in Ukarumpa on March 5th.

Kurt is back working at the Communications and Technical Services Department. He really enjoys working at the Help Desk and it has been very busy lately, which he really likes. He is also happy to be back in Ukarumpa where he can play sports on the weekends such as soccer, volleyball, frisbee, and basketball.

Kassia is learning how to be a big sister and she really loves her baby brother Luke. She protects him when others try to hold him and she likes to talk to him and make him smile. It is fun to see the sibling relationship developing so early in Luke’s life!


Luke is growing nicely. Today I took him to the clinic for his two month check-up and the doctor said he is doing great. Soon we will go back in so he can get his shots. I (Johanna) am learning how to be a mommy of two, keep up the house, take care of my husband, and keep in touch with our friends and partners.

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Thanks again for allowing us to be a part of the process of translating the Word of God into the heart languages of the Bibleless people of Papua New Guinea.


We praise God for the one time gifts that helped us cover the cost of Luke’s birth.


Please pray that God will keep us healthy and allow Johanna and Luke to get enough sleep during the night.

In His hands,

Johanna (for Kurt, Kassia, and Luke too!)