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, September 03, 2016

{Metzger Ministry Update} September 2016 | "Urat NT!"

Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. – Ephesians 6:13 (NLT)

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for praying for our family as Kurt traveled—1 ½ hours by plane and then 7+ hours by truck—to the Aitape West Translation Project (AWTP) in the Sandaun Province of Papua New Guinea at the beginning of August. He had a very successful trip and was able to assist in the installation of a solar powered electrical system for our friend Beth Fuller’s house as well as repair some network equipment essential for operations of the AWTP team.



(from top: “brains” of Beth’s solar system; Beth’s house with solar panels on top)

Praise God! At the end of July I (Johanna) had the privilege of attending the Urat New Testament Dedication in the Sepik province of PNG. What a joy it was to see the Word of God coming to one of the bibleless peoples of Papua New Guinea!

(Urat New Testament Dedication)

In August I began assisting in teaching the Adult Tok Pisin Literacy Course here in Ukarumpa. That course helps Papua New Guinean adults learn how to read and write in Tok Pisin (the trade language of PNG). I am truly enjoying working in this way! Please pray that I would be a blessing to others.


(Johanna teaching the Adult Tok Pisin Literacy Course)

As you can see it has been a busy couple of months in which God has truly blessed us. Thanks for faithfully lifting us up to our Heavenly Father and thank you also for your encouragement and love.


(First day of school for Kassia, Lukas and Matthias—who’s excited and who’s not so sure…)

Love from cloudy Ukarumpa,

Johanna (and for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas and Matthias