Tim and Martha joined Wycliffe as teachers of missionary kids. Martha taught in Mexico, and the Philippines, before earning an MA at Michigan State University. Tim and Martha met in Texas, where they served together at a training course. After their marriage, they worked in Papua New Guinea, where they served as teachers for four years.
After completing training as literacy specialists, the Matzkes moved their family to the Solomon Islands. They served there for 11 years working in literacy, administration and Scripture promotion. Tim also earned a Master’s degree in International and Community Development, from Deakin University, in Australia.
The Matzkes have been blessed with two daughters; Emily who was adopted from the Philippines, and Sarah who was born into the family. In 2009, the family relocated to Dallas, Texas, for a few years to meet the educational needs of their daughters but are primarily living in the Solomon Islands once again.