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.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Metzger Ministry Update - July 2018 | Transition

I trust in the Lord for protection. So why do you say to me, "Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!" - Psalm 11:1 (NLT)

Dear Friends and Family,

Thank you for praying for us; and through your prayers, carrying us through the last 10 months of home assignment. We have loved being in the United States and in Colombia with many of you and will take many memories with us to Papua New Guinea (PNG).



(With family enjoying Colombia’s run in the World Cup)

This week we read a testimony of a Papua New Guinean Bible translator. Michael said:

I am so grateful that we now have access to many books of the Bible translated into our language. Reading and studying God’s Word in Seimat enables me to understand it so that I can share it with others. My desire is for many more Seimat people to get to know the truth and experience God’s direction and power in their lives so that they can stand firm in Christ. Especially in the presence of some spiritual influence and teachings that sometimes mislead people and they become double-minded or unstable in faith. It is hard for me when that happens. I pray that God’s Word translated into Seimat would change the hearts and thinking of my people.

Yes! This is why we want to return to PNG. The reason we are willing to make the sacrifices of leaving family, going through another major life transition, and facing uncertainties in many areas is to see people understanding God's Word, allowing it to transform their lives, and sharing it with others.



(Celebrating Johanna’s niece’s high school graduation; Early morning in Ukarumpa – photo by Karen Weaver)

Please pray for us as we begin our return trip to PNG this week. Lord willing, we will arrive in Ukarumpa (where our home is) on July 11th.

Love from Bogota,
Kurt and Johanna Metzger