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, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas from the Metzgers

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
{Isaiah 9:6-7}

Dear Loved Ones,

We would like to wish you a Christmas full of wonder and excitement as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! We pray for each of you this passage from Romans 15:13 - "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."

Thank you for praying for our family as we are all feeling much better.

Come Lord Jesus,

Kurt for Johanna, Kassia, Lukas & Matthias too!

Friday, December 01, 2017

{Metzger Ministry Update} December 2017 | "Rejoice with the Kasua"

“Don’t be dejected and sad. For the joy of the Lord is your strength” – Nehemiah 8: 10b (NLT)

Dear Friends and Family,

Celebrate with us! The Kasua people in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) now have the New Testament in their own language!



(Kasua New Testament Celebration in Papua New Guinea at the end of October)

Thank you for loving our family so tangibly; your faithfulness is a joy and encouragement to us! God is faithful and his love endures forever. He never changes even though our circumstances might change constantly. Thank you for praying for us when we serve in PNG and while we are here during our Home Assignment. Since we arrived in the United States (US) two months ago, we have had the privilege of formally speaking on four different occasions, two of those at our partnering churches; and we have also shared informally with many of you. Thank you for listening to our story!



(Kassia; Matthias likes bread!)

We are encouraged because in the last month some of YOU have decided to partner with us financially on a monthly basis and through one time gifts. 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 budget that Wycliffe requires before we will be released to return. Would you like to partner with us? If so, click here. We will need $826 more per month to reach our ministry budget prior to our return. Would you please pray with us now that God will raise up new partners for our ministry so that we can return? We know He is able!


We need to increase our ministry income by:
$826 per month


Our time here in the US is coming to an end and, Lord willing, we will travel to Colombia at the end of this month. The kids will start school in Bogota at the beginning of January and Johanna will begin teaching at the school our children will attend. Thanks for praying as we transition. We are looking forward to meeting Johanna’s niece’s baby (Tommy) who was born yesterday!



(Lukas with his favorite animal at the Fort Worth Zoo; Baby Tommy – one day old!)

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