Jonathan And Carrie Federwitz
Missionaries Jonathan and Carrie Federwitz have been serving as missionaries and spreading the word of God in Papua New Guinea since 1999. They are associate members of Lutheran Bible Translators and work under the supervision of Wycliffe USA, supporting the work of Bible translation in Papua New Guinea through aviation.
Jonathan is a pilot who flies Bible translators, their families, and others to and from remote areas within Papua New Guinea. Much of the country is rugged mountainous terrain with no roads. Often in a matter of minutes, Jonathan can fly over a distance that would take hours or days to travel by ground.
Missionaries throughout Papua New Guinea depend upon airplanes for their basic travel needs as well as for receiving mail and supplies.
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Over 800 different languages are spoken in Papua New Guinea. As of 2017, over 240 of those languages now have some published Scripture. Jonathan spends an average of 35 hours a month flying in and out of tiny, unimproved airstrips to locations where over 200 more translation projects are currently in progress.
Carrie supports Jonathan in this ministry by taking care of the home and family. They have four children: Nathan and Julia, who are attending college in the U.S., and Leah and Rachel.
Jonathan grew up in Liberia, West Africa where his parents, Dale and Alvina Federwitz, were missionaries with LBT. Carrie is the daughter of Roger and Sharon Rekstad and grew up in the Midwest, where her father served as a Lutheran pastor. Jonathan and Carrie met at Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and were married shortly after their graduation in 1994. Jonathan then earned a commercial pilot and aviation mechanic license from Moody Aviation in Elizabethton, Tennessee.
Jonathan and Carrie realize that they cannot serve as missionaries in Papua New Guinea without a team of partners who stand with them. Their partners include people who encourage them, pray for them regularly, and support them financially. Your partnership with the Federwitzes makes it possible for you both to be a part of making God’s Word available to people in Papua New Guinea.
LBT is seeking Lutherans to serve overseas through the ministry of Bible translation and Scripture Engagement. If you feel that God may be leading you towards missions or you wish to make a donation to support Bible translation or a missionary, LBT may have a place for you.