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, October 13, 2017

{Metzger Ministry Update} October 2017 | "Transitions"

“In the future, foreigners who do not belong to your people Israel will hear of you. They will come from distant lands because of your name, for they will hear of your great name and your strong hand and your powerful arm." - 1 Kings 8:41-42a

Dear Friends and Family,

Again and again, thank you for your love and care for our family. We know that we would not be able to do our work in Papua New Guinea (PNG) if it wasn’t for your faithful partnership with us! Thanks also for praying for us as we traveled from PNG to the United States (via Australia). We arrived about a week and half ago and are starting to get a little settled. Our travels went remarkably well and we have truly sensed your prayers as we get over jetlag (15 hour difference). God is faithful!


It has been wonderful to be able to see many friends and family in the last couple of weeks. We had the privilege of meeting Kurt’s dad’s wife (as you might remember Kurt’s mom passed away over 11 years ago and he remarried this year). Johanna’s parents arrived in the US after we did and that has been a gift to us as well! We were generously welcomed by our home church family as they overfilled our pantry for our arrival. Thank you, Faith Bible Church, we are humbled by your generosity and love for us.

The kids are adjusting and though they miss PNG they are also enjoying spending time with family and friends. They have already gone fishing, swimming, shopping and even to the Texas State Fair! Please continue to pray for our family as we transition and begin our speaking engagements. At the end of October, we will attend the Wycliffe Connection as a family. We are excited and blessed to attend as this is a re-entry program that will greatly benefit us!




Lord willing, we plan to return to our ministry in PNG in July 2018. However, for that to happen, we must have 100% of the monthly financial support that Wycliffe requires before we will be released to return. Would you like to partner with us? If so, you can give online at http://bit.ly/wycliffeusa. We will need $1,073 more per month prior to our return. Would you please pray with us now that God will raise up new support for our ministry so that we can return? We know He is able!

Blessings and Love, Johanna for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas, and Matthias too