Image Credit: The Drop Box Film
I remember when I first read a news article about Lee Jong-rak, the South Korean pastor who built a small street-facing deposit box on the front of his home. On a sign on the front of the box, Pastor Lee wrote, “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.”
And people did. People brought babies there.
In the night, in the dark, in the cold, in the heat, in the spring, in the winter, in all hours and times in between.
Since 2009, people have placed more than six hundred babies there.
Image Credit: Arbella Studios
There’s something about this baby box — something about Pastor Lee’s reckless, wild, all-in, risk-everything love — that won’t let go of my heart. Of course the baby box is not the answer to all the issues, to all the problems, to all the hurts and wrongs in the world.
But the drop box is life to the one child who is placed there. “The babies that come to me,” says Pastor Lee, “are the ones who’d otherwise die.”
And now the story of Pastor Lee, the story of these children, will be in theaters across the United States on March 3, 4 and 5.
P.S. You can give diapers, formula, wet wipes, bottles, straws, cups, clothes and more to Pastor Lee’s drop box babies! Read more about the Kindred Image Boxes of Hope project.