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, June 30, 2019

Metzger Ministry Update 07 2019 | The Word became human!

"So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son." - John 1:14 (NLT)


Dear Loved Ones,

Thank you for praying for our family and ministry as we live and serve here in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

(Steve and Debbie McEvoy opening the shipment of Migabac New Testaments here in Ukarumpa.)

We praise the Lord with Steve and Debbie McEvoy who are thankful for God’s faithfulness over the past 22 years as they’ve served Him among the Migabac people. The McEvoys write “We are so eager for July 26th when the Migabac people will hold God’s Word in their own hands and read his Good News in their own language!”. Please pray for the upcoming dedication of the Migabac New Testament and that people will use it both in its written and audio form.


(Kassia has finished Grade 8 and was awarded Ukarumpa International Middle School's Female Student of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year and Citizenship Award. Matthias completed Grade 2 with flying colors; now reading in both Spanish and English!)

(Lukas, pictured here on his last day at the primary campus of Ukarumpa International School, was awarded with the character trait of "Fearless" from his teachers for his work this year in Grade 5.)

Please keep praying for my (Johanna's) mom; that God would give wisdom to the family and the doctors regarding her health issues.

Thank you also for praying for us when our water tanks broke during the earthquake in May. Both tanks have been replaced and it has rained plenty so that they have filled up. Praise the Lord! Our claim forms have been filed with the insurance company to cover some of the costs of the new tanks, please pray that we will receive the reimbursement.

Love from rainy Ukarumpa,

Johanna and Kurt for Kassia, Lukas and Matthias too!

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Metzger Ministry Update 05 2019 | "Earthquake"

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. - Philippians 4:6(NLT)

Dear friends and family,

Today we praise God for protecting the country of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and our family as we serve and work here. Thanks for praying and encouraging us daily.


Yesterday we experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and while our house and water tanks shook quite a bit, we are safe and sound. The Construction and Maintenance guys here on center came to try to fix our water tanks (which are leaking quite a bit due to damage from the earthquake) and they said they can’t fix them and therefore we need to buy new ones. Rain water is stored in those tanks and we rely on that water for drinking, washing clothes, bathing, etc. Please pray as we try to replace our tanks.



This month, Kurt has been working closely with the Aitape West Translation Project (AWTP) when their network attached storage experienced a catastrophic failure. At that exact time we were also having issues with our internet connection here in Ukarumpa so helping them remotely was a real challenge. Even through those difficulties he was able to eventually connect to their network (see note below on how the internet traffic flows), repair the disk array and restore all the data and services from a backup device that was on-site. We thank God for helping us to make that happen!



  • How traffic flows from Ukarumpa to AWTP (which is in the middle of the bush). Ukarumpa is now connected to a fiber optic cable which is physically routed to Madang on the North coast of PNG. From Madang there is a submarine cable to Sydney, Australia. Our traffic is then routed to Singapore, up to a satellite and then down to a solar powered VSAT dish at the AWTP site in the Sepik region of PNG.
Love from Ukarumpa, Johanna for Kurt, Kassia, Lukas and Matthias too!

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Metzger Ministry Update 04 2019 | "Future Plans"

O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! - Psalm 139:1-6 (NLT)
Thank you for lifting us up to the Father’s throne in prayer. We know of many of you that pray for us daily and we are so grateful for that. Thanks also for the way you encourage and love our family in other very specific ways.



(photos by Braden Voss) - Lukas and Kassia mud sliding after VBS

Last month we had the privilege of attending SIL Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) biennial branch conference. This included a time of spiritual retreat and God was faithful in allowing us to feel renewed. Meanwhile Lukas and Matthias attended a Vacation Bible School (VBS) lead by a team that came from the United States and they loved it.



(When we do get packages, we are all SOOOO excited; 4- Matthias playing with Legos)

Kurt also had a meeting this month with the Aitape West Multilanguage Project (AWTP) where they discussed future plans. AWTP is an SIL translation project that works with 11 different languages located in the Sepik (Northwest) region of PNG. Kurt and I (Johanna) are partly assigned to this project and we thank God for this opportunity to contribute in this small way in helping bring the Word of God to the people of PNG.



(Legos and Adventures in Odyssey - two of Lukas' favorite things; Kassia ready for her concert)

Love ❤️ from Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea,
Johanna and Kurt for Kassia, Lukas and Matthias too!


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!