On March 3rd, The Drop Box Heart comes to U.S. theaters and shares the story of Jong-rak Lee, a pastor who decided to make it his mission to save abandoned babies left on the streets of Seoul, South Korea.
His idea was to create a “Drop Box” where abandoned babies could be dropped off rather than left on the street to die. The Drop Box is equipped with lights and a heater and reads in Korean, “Please don’t throw away unwanted or disabled babies, or babies of single mothers. Please bring them here instead.”
The director of the film, Brian Ivie, was first moved by Pastor Lee’s work after reading an article about him in the LA Times. Then he decided to visit him and create a film about his baby box. Ivie said that Pastor Lee was creating a bunker for babies and defending it with his own life. Pastor Lee said, “I can’t be here and not do anything about it, so we installed the baby box with God’s heart.” Then he said to God, “I will die for these babies.”
He said, “These kids are not mistakes. They are important. I became a Christian while making this movie. When I started to make it and I saw all these kids come through the drop box – it was like a flash from heaven, just like these kids with disabilities had crooked bodies, I have a crooked soul. And God loves me still.When it comes to this sanctity of life issue, we must realize that that faith in God is the only refuge for people who are deemed unnecessary. This world is so much about self-reliance, self-worth, and self-esteem. It’s a total illusion that we can be self-sufficient. Christ is the only thing that enables us.”
Since the Drop box was installed in 2009, as many as 18 babies a month have arrived, and the same number of children currently live in his home, which doubles as an orphanage. He and his wife have even adopted ten of their own—the maximum number local Korean authorities will allow.
Take a few minutes and watch the inspiration trailer for the movie below. The film will be showing for three nights only— March 3rd, 4th and 5th.