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.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

{Metzger Ministry Update} March 2016 | "NT Dedication!"

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. – 2 Corinthians 5:1 (NLT)

Dear Loved Ones,

Thank you for loving us and praying for us so faithfully. Even though we are miles apart from you, our partners, God always encourages us through YOU. We will never get tired of thanking you!

February was a special month as the Creole New Testament (CNT) Dedication took place in the San Andres Islands (SAI), Colombia. Kurt’s dad (and Kurt’s mom before she passed away) worked on translating the SAI-CNT for about 15 years.


(Celebrating the SAI Creole New Testament)

At the beginning of February, Kurt had a very successful trip to Alotau and was able to fix the network at the SIL Regional Centre there.



(from top: Alotau Regional Centre; Kassia, Lukas and Matthias playing at the river in Ukarumpa)

This month (March) I (Johanna) had the joy of helping out in Lukas’s classroom. He is in second grade and is part of a first and second grade class combo. There are 26 students in their classroom! Normally there are 2 teachers assigned to that combo class (and one assistant) but two of them went to a Ladies’ Retreat in Australia last week. So, I got to help out and it was great fun.




(from top: Kassia’s 11th birthday party; Matthias; Lukas’ 8th birthday party)

We thank God for his kindness, gentleness, and love for us. He has carried us through the first few months of the year and they have been busy but full.


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