Tuesday, February 19, 2013

the drop box

The Drop Box is a documentary that is coming out soon about orphans in South Korea and how one man, Pastor Lee Jong-rak, saw a way to be used by God to be a part of the solution to the problem of abandonment of disabled babies there. My husband found a trailer of the documentary at Justin Taylor's blog at the Gospel Coalition's website.

The following is a description of the documentary with information pulled from the film-makers and an LA Times article.

Pastor Lee lives in South Korea and leads the Jusarang Community Church.  Since 1998, Pastor Lee and his church have saved nearly three dozen infants. They were all abandoned because of disabilities. Pastor Lee knows first hand about the pain that comes from having a child born with a disability. He and his wife have a son born with cerebral palsy. His eyes were opened after caring for his son.
In 2009, Pastor Lee installed the drop box on the side of his home with the words: This is a facility for the protection of Life. If you can't take care of your disabled babies, don't throw them away or leave them on the street. Bring them here. The box is lined with pink and blue blankets and a bell rings when the little door is opened. A group of Christ followers saw a need and met it. There are other locations in South Korea that care for the abandoned and vulnerable but this place catches the ones who might otherwise "fall through the cracks". The Drop Box is the story of how God uses just ordinary, willing people to accomplish his purposes. 

If you want to read a more in depth article about Pastor Lee you can go here and read the full LA Times article.

But please take a moment to watch the trailer for the documentary.  Grab the tissues. The documentary is set to be released this summer. Be on the lookout for it! It just won two awards at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. (the director's acceptance speech is well worth the read!!)


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