Tim and Martha joined Wycliffe as teachers of missionary kids. Starting in 1982, Martha taught in Mexico and later in the Philippines. Tim and Martha met in Texas, where they served together at a training course for Wycliffe missionaries preparing for service overseas. After their marriage in 1990, they served for four years in Papua New Guinea as teachers.
During the years they lived in PNG, the Matzkes became interested in using their gifts as teachers to help adults and children learn to read and write in their own languages. They returned to the USA and completing training as literacy specialists. The Matzkes moved their family to the Solomon Islands in 1998 and have served for most of 20 years working in literacy, administration and Scripture promotion.
The Matzkes have been blessed with two daughters; Emily who was adopted from the Philippines, and Sarah who was born into the family. Emily is in the Army Reserves and lives/works in the Dallas area. Sarah is graduated from John Brown University in May 2019 and is living and working in Dallas/Fort Worth.
In 2020, Tim & Martha expect to return to the Solomon Islands in literacy and multilingual education. In the meantime, they are living in Duncanville, Texas and looking for opportunities to share about the ways God is at work in the Solomon Islands.
Tim holds a Master’s degree in International and Community Development, from Deakin University, in Australia and Martha has a Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Curriculum Development.