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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

{Metzger Ministry Update} April 2017 | "Exciting Changes"

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” – Mark 10:27 (NLT)

Dear Loved Ones,

We are grateful to God for His lovingkindness and faithfulness to us. Truly, His mercies are new every morning!


(Lukas and Kassia)

Kurt and I (Johanna) have prayed and asked God to direct us in our time serving here in Papua New Guinea (PNG). We have felt led to become a part of the Aitape West Translation Project (AWTP) part-time. The AWTP is a multi-language Bible translation and literacy project that includes 11 languages and dialects that are spoken west of the town of Aitape in Sandaun Province in northwestern PNG. It seems to us as though we have been part of this team for years, ever since 2006, when we first met Ben and Mandy in the United States (Ben is the leader of the AWTP team). We have told you about them in many of our previous updates and they are some of our precious friends. Kurt first went to the village they work, Arop, in 2011 to install their VSAT satellite internet system. And last year (2016) he was also there helping Beth Fuller (a Scripture Use specialist with AWTP) install an electric solar panel system for her house.


(AWTP translation center)

(AWTP Final consultant checking of Titus & Philemon in 10 languages)

See videos of the AWTP ministry here:
Pehrsons in Papua New Guinea
God Calls National Translators
Arop: Sacrifice, Tragedy, Transformation

Please pray for us as Kurt works with AWTP as one of their project managers and helps them in developing partnerships. Pray also as his main role will continue to be the Information and Communication Technology Manager here in Ukarumpa, serving all of SIL in PNG.



(from top: Matthias lost his first tooth; Johanna and Kassia)

We are always humbled by YOU, our partners, as you faithfully pray for us and encourage us month by month. Lord willing, we are praying/hoping to go on Home Assignment in less than 6 months and we are really starting to look forward to seeing YOU, our partners and family in Christ. Thanks to those of you who have been giving for us to be able to buy our tickets. We have set up a special Launch Account (send a check to the usual Wycliffe address below). On a separate note—not on the check—please write “Kurt and Johanna Metzger Launch Expense Account 71 – 285553”.

Love from cloudy Ukarumpa,
Johanna (and for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias)