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.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

In Colombia!

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." (Isaiah 40:8 NIV)
Dear Loved ones,
Thank you so much to those of you who prayed for our trip from Papua New Guinea (PNG) to Colombia. We have been here for five days and are now just getting over the jet lag from crossing 10 time zones. Our trip went mostly as planned except for when we got to the airline counter in Cairns Australia I remembered that I had forgotten Luke’s paper ticket for an infant in PNG. We were able to re-purchase his ticket in Sydney and the rest of the trip went very well but as you can imagine, it was very long.
Our return trip from PNG (Start – Ukarumpa PNG – Port Moresby PNG – Cairns Australia – Sydney Australia – Los Angeles USA – Miami USA – Bogota Colombia – Finish)
In the few days we have been here in Colombia, Johanna and I (Kurt) have already had doctor’s appointments to check Johanna’s eye sight and my knee that I injured more than a year ago in PNG. I had an MRI performed and the results indicate that I have a complete tear of my ACL and a small tear in the meniscus. This next week we will be traveling to Orlando for a re-entry program with Wycliffe. When we get back we will schedule a date for my knee surgery.
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Johanna with her two of her sisters (Olga & Patricia); Luke with Johanna’s mom (Fanny)… they just met for the first time!
Please pray with us:

  • For our family as Johanna and I travel to and from Orlando.
  • For the plans and successful completion of my knee surgery.
  • For our family to be able to develop a routine during this time of many transitions.
Praise God with us:
  • For our safe travels to Colombia.
  • For being reunited with Johanna’s family.
Kurt (for Johanna, Kassia, and Luke too!)


Hello! I would like to invite you to come join in on the discussion about our hearts this Christmas season at Missionary Moms. I hope you stop by to be encouraged and to pray! God bless and Merry Christmas!


Hi, Kurt & Family,

Thank you for remembering the Miniafia NT Dedication in your prayers. We experienced a real time of blessing. Fran and I (who started the project 37 years ago) arrived in were welcomed by canoes, conch shell trumpets, and newly composed Miniafia hymns in the traditional style a week before the dedication. Check out our photos on Facebook.

Blessings, David Wakefield