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.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

{Metzger Ministry Update} June 2013 | "Seimat NT"

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for your partnership with our ministry and family here in Papua New Guinea. We are grateful for your faithful prayers, encouragement and financial support.

Celebrate with us as the Seimat people received the New Testament in their heart language last month (May 2013).


The Seimat people live on the Ninigo Islands--the airstrip is on Mal Island--



The Seimat NT Dedication (photos by Neil Coulter)

(to see all the pictures from the Dedication check out our Facebook Page)

Kurt continues to work at the Communication and Technology Services Department here in Ukarumpa. He is currently supporting communication and networking services for the SIL PNG Branch. In 2011, Kurt helped install a solar powered satellite internet connection for the Aitape West Translation Project (AWTP) located in the Sepik province of PNG. The connection allows national translators, from up to 11 translation projects, to synchronize and backup their translation data to a repository on the internet. Please pray for our friends Ben and Mandy Pehrson (heading up the AWTP) as they go to the village on June 18th with their 5 children. They will be primarily consultant checking 1 and 2 Timothy with their co-translators.


Kurt installing the AWTP satellite dish

We praise God because Kassia and Lukas are at the end of their school year. Kassia is finishing up second grade and will be starting third grade at the end of July when Lukas will be starting kindergarten. They are both excited because they will get a month school break!

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(from top left) Johanna & Lukas at the school book fair; Matthias; Kassia

In His hands,

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

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

From Axes to Bibles

Wycliffe Bible Translators USA


By Richard Gretsky

In early 2013, Matt* went to Immi—a village in Papua New Guinea—to get a jump-start on a Bible translation project for the Enga language. While there, he met Joseph, one of the local men who helped him learn the Enga language and culture. Matt was quickly won over by Joseph’s humble, gentle spirit, which is why he was shocked to learn of his new friend’s past.

Joseph had been one of Immi’s most feared warriors—fighting countless battles with neighboring people groups. He was so powerful that he was even hired out as a mercenary who fought for other villages. In the end, when the fighting was done, Joseph was one of the few Immi men left standing.


In 2010 a pastor felt called to start a church in Immi to reach out to those who had experienced heavy fighting. He taught messages on forgiveness, saying, “When Christ died on the cross, He died for all of our sins, even the most heinous.”

When he heard these words, Joseph humbled himself and eventually decided to trust Jesus.

Matt could clearly see how the trajectory of Joseph’s life had changed dramatically. He had become one of his people’s leaders, a man who leverages his life for the well-being of others. When Matt’s time in the village finally came to a close, he took the opportunity to thank Joseph and the other two men who had helped him learn the language and take care of his family. In a ceremony at a local church, Matt presented each man with an axe or machete, and then gave each man a Bible—one in English, one in the trade language of Tok Pisin, and one in a language spoken nearby.


“Before, your lives were based on weapons like these, and you used them to destroy,” Matt announced. “Now your lives are based on the Word of God. And these axes and machetes that you used to use to destroy will now be used to build new houses and build a new life based on the Word of God.”

Joseph locked his arms around the Bible, while tears poured down his cheeks. He tried to speak, but just stood in front of the crowd, eyes focused on that book—his first Bible. He could read the words, but only very slowly, since it wasn’t in his own language and most Engans cannot read well. Even so, Joseph cherished those words.

Today, the translation team is focused on producing an audio Bible—and a physical Bible— for the 300,000 people in the Enga Province. And Engans like Joseph are prepared to fight again, but this time it’s to do whatever it takes to get a Bible in their own language.

*Names have been changed to protect identities.

This story can also be found on wycliffeusa.wordpress.com

Ethnologue entry for Enga | Ethnologue: Languages of the World is an encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 7,105 known living languages.

Where do the Enga people of Papua New Guinea live? Here’s a Map.