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, May 01, 2015

{Metzger Ministry Update} May 2015 | "Know God"

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! – Philippians 3:10-11 (NLT)

Dear Friends and Family,

God is faithful and His character never changes. We thank Him for the privilege of being able to serve here in Papua New Guinea (PNG). 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!

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Along with his everyday tasks of managing the Ukarumpa network operations, Kurt has been working on a new mobile friendly battery powered Wi-Fi distribution hotspot—SaveLongGod (Tok Pisin for Know God). When Papua New Guineans connect their smart devices to it wirelessly, they will be able to download Bibles (in their mother tongue), videos, audio, Apps, and more, all for FREE! We currently have content for more than 250 languages. Kurt’s plan is to use the devices in villages, Christian book stores, Bible schools, Churches, and in our SIL centers here in PNG.

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(from top: screen shot of Wi-Fi distribution hotspot; Johanna teaching)

Kassia is finishing up 4th grade and we are very grateful to God as He has been faithful in providing teachers for her grade this year. Lukas is finishing 1st grade and Matthias enjoys going 2 mornings a week to pre-school. I (Johanna) am thankful to the Lord for the opportunity He has given me to teach Kindergarten since January, and I will finish teaching in June.


  • For the joy we have to serve God in Papua New Guinea! Just this last month we celebrated New Testament dedications with the Konai and Kandawo people groups (click the links for pictures)
  • For Kurt being able to work on the new Wi-Fi distribution hotspot
  • For God’s grace in our lives
  • For God’s provision of teachers for Kassia’s grade this year

Please Pray!

  • For Kurt and me to grow in our relationship with the Lord
  • For wisdom and love as we parent our kids
  • For good health for our family
  • For Kurt as he works as the Information and Communications Technology services manager. His co-worker has gone on furlough and Kurt is working alone.
  • For strength and joy for me as I continue to teach Kindergarten until mid-June

May God be gracious to you and bless you!
Johanna (and for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias)