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, November 24, 2008

-- November 2008 Update --

Dear Loves Ones,

Thank you for all of you who have been praying for Kassia’s arm. Thanks also for those of you who gave gifts for our extra expenses in taking care of Kassia when she broke her arm.  We have seen God’s hand of provision in every moment of our lives and especially during this time. We continue to trust in His faithfulness!

Yesterday Kurt and Kassia flew in the morning to Port Moresby (the capital of Papua New Guinea) and in the afternoon they will be flying to Cairns, Australia.  On Wednesday Kassia has an appointment with the Orthopedic Surgeon who will check her arm and do an x-ray to see how her arm is healing.  Lord willing, on Thursday the doctor will do surgery and remove the “wires” that have been holding Kassia’s arm for a month.  Luke and I (Johanna) stayed here in Ukarumpa and will wait for them to return on Friday afternoon from Australia.

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Kurt continues to enjoy his job at the Communications and Technical Services Department working at the Help Desk.   He has also been asked if it would be possible for him to help out in our security team here in Ukarumpa.  There is a group of men that have agreed to help and take turns being the Director’s Assistant for Security (DAS).  There is no one being the DAS full time right now, so our director has asked for help in this role. 

In our October Update I mentioned something about the possibility that came up for me to teach in the Mother Tongue Studies(MTS) program here in Ukarumpa.   I met with the Principal of the Primary School last month and we talked about this possibility and discussed some options.  In my other update I told you that I would be teaching children whose mother tongue is Spanish.  The principal explained to me that the purpose of the MTS program is to prepare children whose mother tongue is Spanish, to be able to go to school in their home country in Spanish. We came to the conclusion that at this time, there are no children here in Ukarumpa (except for Kassia and Luke) who will be studying in Spanish in their home countries. So, we have decided not to offer the MTS program in Spanish until we have more students that would qualify for it.

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Thank you again for your faithful prayers and financial support that allow us to serve the Lord in Papua New Guinea. We truly could not be here without your part in our team!


  • We always praise God for our faithful prayer partners and those who support us financially.
  • For the opportunity that Kurt has to be a part of the DAS team.
  • For  the healing that Kassia has had in her arm already.


  • For our relationship with the Lord to become deeper and stronger and that we can be an example to our PNG friends and coworkers.
  • For wisdom for Kurt as he becomes a part of the DAS team.
  • For Kassia’s surgery this Thursday to remove the “wires” from her arm.
  • For continued healing of Kassia’s arm.

In His hands,

Johanna (for Kurt, Kassia, and Luke Metzger)


Dear Metzgers:

We commend Kurt's work at DAS to our Father in Heaven.
That is a great responsibility.
Please, let us know about Christmass out there.
Blessings, Mel