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.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Metzger Ministry Update–February 2019 | Weariness and Rest

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
Dear Loved Ones,

Thank you for your continued encouragement for our family and ministry as we live and serve in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

This year is going quickly and we have been busy. Kurt has recently been working with PNG DataCo (the operators of the national telecom transmission network) to bring fiber optic cable from the nearby town of Kainantu to Aiyura valley. Our datacentre here in Ukarumpa will host the distribution hub for internet services to other valley communities and entities, such as Aiyura National High School, a national agricultural institute and the local level government offices.

(Kurt and I celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary; Lukas)

I (Johanna) have been helping in Grade 2 (Matthias’s class) two times a week which I very much enjoy. Lukas continues to like playing the baritone and he is learning to give speeches in Grade 5. Kassia, Grade 8, is very busy in school and this term she is playing soccer and loving it!
Please let us know how we can pray for YOU. If you would, please specifically pray for the health of our family. We’ve had lots of colds in the last couple of months. I have shingles and my immune system is weak. However we are very thankful for our clinic here and the doctor that prescribed antivirals that are already working.

(Matthias opening a coconut; Kassia with a frog)

Praise God that Kurt's father, Ron, and step-mom, Jane, were able to visit, encourage and distribute New Testaments to the Carapana community of South Eastern Colombia, last week. The Ron and Lois Metzger family worked with the Carapana for many years in a translation project and have not been able to visit since 1993 because of subversives in the area.

(Kassia scores a goal over the keeper; Kurt's family in one of the Carapana communities in Colombia)
Love from sunny and dry Ukarumpa,
Johanna for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas and Matthias too!

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Metzger Ministry Update - January 2019 | Only by God's Grace!

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. - Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

Happy New Year 2019! Thank you for your faithfulness in loving our family during 2018. Your words of encouragement, prayers and generosity have been evident. 

This month we celebrate 12 years since we arrived in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Kassia was 2 years old the day we landed in this country and she will turn 14 this week. Kurt and I will also celebrate 19 years of marriage this month and at the end of the month Lukas will turn 11. All of this has happened only by God's grace!


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(pictures from top: Kurt and Johanna - 19 years ago; Kassia and Johanna; Matthias; Lukas)

God is faithful and we are so grateful for the joyous times as well as the hard times that made us depend more on Him and His grace. He is the one that enables us each and every day as we continue to minister here, parent our children, and grow as a couple.

Love from Ukarumpa,

Johanna and Kurt for Kassia, Lukas and Matthias too!