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, March 17, 2017

{Metzger Ministry Update} March 2017 | "Pray Continually"

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Dear Loved Ones,

Thank you for your faithful prayers and encouragement for our family. Kurt continues to enjoy his work at the Communication and Technical Services here in Ukarumpa. His job enables our colleagues to do their tasks, both expatriate and Papua New Guineans, and also those involved directly in translating the Scriptures and support workers (like us) who in many ways help the translators. Kurt’s knee continues to heal and we are SO grateful to God for that and for your faithful prayers.


(Lukas at the school book fair; Kassia at the Living Museum)

I (Johanna) very much enjoyed helping teach the Adult Tok Pisin Literacy Course that ended in December of last year. I am now helping my Dutch friend (and the main teacher of the course) organize a curriculum to train Papua New Guinean teachers so that they can teach the Adult Literacy Course themselves, in their villages.


(from top: Johanna teaching at the literacy course; Adult Tok Pisin Literacy Course graduation)

God’s love never fails and His mercies are new every morning, to God be the glory! Please pray for our marriage to remain strong in Christ and for wisdom and love as we parent Kassia, Lukas and Matthias.

(Matthias with his friend Noel)

Home assignment is a time for us to re-connect with our partners and family after being on the field for several years. Thanks to those of you who have already started giving for us to be able to buy our tickets. If you would like to help us purchase our tickets for our home assignment, we have set up a special Launch Account (send a check to the usual Wycliffe address). On a separate note—not on the check—please write “Kurt and Johanna Metzger Launch Expense Account 71 – 285553”.

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