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.

Friday, April 05, 2013

{Metzger Ministry Update} April 2013 | "Jars of clay"

Dear Loved Ones,

Over 300 SIL/Papua New Guinea (PNG) Branch members got together here in Ukarumpa during the last week of March for our Biennial Conference. A wonderful British Pastor led us in devotions for an hour each day. The theme of his talks is the verse on the top of this update, 2 Corinthians 4:7. We elected new leadership for the next two years for our PNG Branch and discussed changes in streamlining our governance. Please pray for our Branch as we follow God’s leading in implementing changes.

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We were also blessed to hear project updates from several language teams and regional directors. One such report was from the Seimat translation team who have just received the printed copies of their New Testament and are preparing for the dedication in the coming months. A Seimat (language info & map) translator related to us: “Reading the Bible in any English translation is like swimming on top of the ocean but when I read it in my own Seimat language it is like putting on a diving mask and swimming down under the surface and discovering the ocean and floor below.” What an amazing gift to have the Word of God in one’s own heart language!

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Kassia and Lukas were able to attend a Vacation Bible School program called KidZone while Kurt and I (Johanna) participated in the conference. They enjoyed it! Matthias was at Daycare during the mornings of conference.

Thank YOU for your prayers for the SIL/PNG Branch and for our family and ministry here in PNG!


Johanna (for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias)