Orphan Ministry Director – John Rozzell 1(918)772-7937

 

Tahlequah Campuses own John and Tiffany Rozell are foster-care advocates who focus their efforts throughout  Oklahoma.  John, an ordained Baptist minister, works for Indian Child Welfare, and Tiffany works for Reasor’s Home Office.  They have been married thirteen years.  Their venture into fostering, which began in 2008, was something they intended for later life, but they feel that God had other plans.

 

John and Tiffany Rozell are orphan care advocates who focus their efforts throughout Cherokee County as well as the rest of Northeastern Oklahoma, sharing their testimony and sharing God’s plan and heart for taking care of the least of these.  John, an ordained Baptist minister, works for Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare as their Faith Based Coordinator and Foster Parent Liaison. John and Tiffany married in 2003. Their venture into orphan care, which began in 2009 after 5 years of multiple miscarriages and heartbreaking infertility, was something they intended for later on in life, but they now know that God had other plans. They have a 7 year old son, Tripp, who was adopted through private adoption.  They also have 2 year old twins, Tagg and Ellie, who they fostered for 712 days from their birth before adopting them on July 15, 2016.

 

From the beginning of their marriage, John and Tiffany knew they wanted children and were ready for them.  But after five years of miscarriages, contact with a fertility specialist, and the completion of a year and a half of “basic” fertility treatments, nothing happened.  When the last one was unsuccessful, they cried and prayed before deciding that maybe God’s plan for their family didn’t include having biological children.  The strong influence of family turned them toward fostering and adopting:  Like several other relatives, Tiffany’s mom and her identical twin had been adopted at birth. This encouraged the couple to sign up through Cherokee Nation’s Indian Child Welfare.  As a result of fostering, today they have three children:  seven-year-old Tripp and two-year-old twins Tagg and Ellie—all adopted.  Tripp came as a private adoption through an agency in Tulsa, while the twins were adopted this past summer through ICW. They had also fostered a teenage girl in 2011.

 

The Rozells admit that they got into fostering without knowing much about foster care. But becoming involved with other foster parents in Cherokee County and across Oklahoma opened a new world.  They found people with like-minded situations, goals, and hearts.  After Tripp’s adoption, they had been completely content and had closed their home.  Then John came into contact with an old friend, Nikki Baker-Limore, Executive Director for Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare.  After she told them about the orphan-care crisis and how badly homes, good homes, are needed, they opened to foster again!

 

John explains the importance they place on fostering in these words: We truly consider opening our home to these hurting, needy and neglected children to be one of our greatest

blessings.  As a pastor, I understand that the most fundamental Biblical principle is salvation through our Savior Jesus Christ, and as Christians we are mandated to take the Gospel message to a dark, dying, damned and doomed world.  Outside of salvation, though, the next Biblical fundamental in the foundation of the Christian life is to take care of orphans and widows.  It is simply a Biblical mandate, not a suggestion, that Christians take care of the “least of these.”  Quite frankly, it is also a mandate that for far too long the church has come up way, way too short.  We have been called, as a couple to compel and challenge God’s people to step up, put their hands to the plow, and engage in this orphan-care crisis.  Orphan care is important to our family because we know God chose this for us; there is simply no question about it.  We feel humbled and honored to know God called us to this.  We know He has blessed us with these children, and we know it is our duty to raise them in a God-loving, God-fearing, and God-serving home.  We live by the words of I Samuel 1:27-28 which reads, “For this child I prayed, and the Lord granted me my petition which I asked of Him.  Therefore, I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord.”

 

With so many children in foster care, John and Tiffany Rozell exemplify the attitude and the compassion needed.

If you have any questions, about how you, your family or church can be involved please feel free to contact the church office or John Rozzell himself.