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, May 18, 2016

{Metzger Ministry Update} May 2016 | "Connecting"

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. – 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT)

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for so faithfully lifting us up in prayer to our Heavenly Father while we serve here in Papua New Guinea. Thanks also for your generosity and encouragement!

Kurt continues to manage the information and communication services here in Ukarumpa and has been able to assist many SIL translators and support personnel that pass through his office.

I (Johanna) have been involved with the Connect Ministry for the Women of Ukarumpa. This ministry began as some women observed that living in a community (such as Ukarumpa), even as wonderful as it is, can be lonely. Over the past several years through Mini-Retreats, Hands On Skills Days and Social Events we have enjoyed good fellowship, encouragement from God’s word through guest speakers, and time to reflect and pray for one another.


(Johanna helping with Women’s Connect | Countries represented from left:

PNG, Australia, Colombia, Canada & England)

Please pray for our family to have good health and for God’s protection from the attacks of the enemy. Satan doesn’t like to see Jesus’ work being done and therefore he accuses and lies to those that love God.




(pictures from top: Matthias; Lukas as Cat in the Hat; Kassia as Laura Ingalls)

Finally, we want to give God the glory and to say thank you for your faithful support of our family and ministry. We’re nearly two years into this field term and have not lacked for anything. However, Wycliffe has significantly increased our ministry budget this month because of some changes they have made. We have been ok so far, but this shortfall will create a problem for us in the future if we remain under budget. If you’re interested in increasing your giving or you know someone that might like to join our team, please let us know.

Love and blessings from rainy Ukarumpa,

Johanna for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias