Jonathan and Carrie Federwitz
Missionaries Jonathan and Carrie Federwitz have been serving in Papua New Guinea since 1999. They are associate members of Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT) and work under the supervision of Wycliffe Bible Translators, 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 and also for receiving mail and supplies.
Over 800 different languages are spoken in Papua New Guinea. As of 2018, about 240 languages have a New Testament and many others have published Scripture portions. Jonathan spends an average of 35 hours a month flying in and out of tiny, unimproved airstrips to locations where about 170 more translation projects are currently in progress.
In addition to looking after the home and family, Carrie serves part time as a elementary school teacher. The school provides an education for missionary children, thus enabling their parents to focus on their ministries. The Federwitzes have four children: Nathan, Julia, Leah and Rachel. Nathan, Julia and Leah are attending college in the US.
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 realize that they cannot serve as missionaries in Papua New Guinea without a team of partners who stand behind them. Their partners include people who encourage them, pray for them regularly, and support their ministry financially. Your partnership makes it possible for God’s Word to be available to the people of 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.