So, I did a little digging on the new documentary The Drop Box for Shattered Magazine this week. And even though I didn’t get a chance to see the movie while it was out, I learned that it’s much more than just a movie about a nice charity/orphanage in South Korea. What I found out is that God is working through the drop box to save babies, and film directors, and movie goers, and people around the world…
The Drop Box movie is the powerful story of Pastor Lee Jong-rak, who saves and adopts babies in Seoul, South Korea with a box.
The Drop Box, a documentary, tells the story of Pastor Lee, pastor of Jesus-Loving Union Church, who built a drop box for unwanted babies to be left and cared for as an alternative to abortion or otherwise certain death. Many of the abandoned babies have disabilities such as cerebral palsy or Down syndrome.
Mothers open the drop box from the outside and place their child in the drop box anonymously, without making contact with Pastor Lee, his wife, or small staff at Jusarang Orphanage. The drop box door opens from the outside and the mother places the child in the drop box, often with notes or extra clothes. Once the outside door is closed, an alarm sounds throughout Pastor Lee’s home. He hurries to the drop box to rescue the child and brings the babe into his care. Due to stringent adoption laws in South Korea, Pastor Lee takes in an average of 18 children every month.
Above the drop box on the outside of Pastor Lee’s home is written Psalm 27:10:
“For my father and mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.”
But Pastor Lee isn’t just running an orphanage or caring for children abandoned in the drop box. He’s adopting them. He is choosing to become their father.
“The reason I decided to become their father was…God has adopted me,” said Pastor Lee.