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, August 02, 2013

{Metzger Ministry Update} August 2013 | "Multicultural"

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

Dear Loved Ones,

There are people from approximately 20 different countries in the Ukarumpa community where we live. We all work together in several capacities. It is important to learn how to understand our own culture and cultural biases so that we can better love others. At the end of July and beginning of August I (Johanna) had the privilege of taking part of a Multicultural Course taught here in Ukarumpa. Two years ago I attended this course and learned much from it. This time around, I was able to be a part of a team that facilitated the course.

day group

We will be on home assignment (furlough) from Mid-November of this year, 2013 through June of 2014. We are planning to arrive in Colombia in the middle of November and then travel to Dallas in January of 2014. For Matthias (our youngest son who is turning 3 this month), it will be his first time in Colombia! Our home assignment will be a time to visit with YOU, our partners. We look forward to connecting with many of you and catching up on your lives!




Kurt and I have been sick the last couple of weeks. Thankfully, the kids are doing great! It looks like Kurt has dengue, a virus (acquired through a mosquito bite) that debilitates and tires. Please pray for our family as we deal with this sickness and try to get ready for furlough!

God is faithful and His character never changes. We thank Him for the privilege of being able to serve here in Papua New Guinea. Thank you for the part you play in our family and ministry here. We could not do this without your prayers, support, and love for us!


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


SO good to see the pictures and hear of your upcoming home assignment! As our pictures from last year VBS scroll across my computer screen several times a day, I see your little guys smiles and wonder how they're doing - and God answered today :) Such fun! Enjoy your time with family & friends - we'll be praying for safe travels, REST, and good ministry opportunities :)