Samaritan's Purse is honoring a Liberian activist for
rehabilitating girl soldiers in Africa.
Female soldiers are captured by rebels, forced into their
military and often required to marry or serve as concubines to
rebel officers. But Rosanna Schaack operates an organization called
THINK, which reclaims the
"We started out in 2003 running a rehabilitation home for child
soldiers -- especially girls -- offering them basic
literacy, vocational skills training, life skills, counseling," she
shares. "And being a faith-based organization, we offer a lot of
They also refer the girls to evangelical churches when they are
returned to their families. But Schaack says the process is a
difficult one that takes time.
"For the length of time that the civil crisis dragged on, these
girls just did not have trust for anyone," she accounts. "They were
used to being used by others. And the more crimes or the more
horrific atrocities they committed, [the more] they got
Undoing all of that was difficult, but THINK's
success demonstrates that all things are possible through
Christ. More than 260 women have gone through the nine-month
Along with being honored by Samaritan's Purse,
Schaack recently received the Human
Rights Award from Vital Voices.