A documentary about a South Korean pastor who is credited with saving countless abandoned babies who might have otherwise have died abandoned on the streets is set to open in theaters nationwide early next Spring.
“The Dropbox” tells the story of Lee Jong-rak, who in 2009, constructed a “heated bin lodged in a wall that allows mothers to deposit their children without being seen.” The effort to save South Korea’s “unwanted” children sprung out of Jong-rak’s own experience as his son, Eun-man, was born with cerebral palsy, leaving him bedridden. The pastor sold his house to pay the medical bills, and Jong-rak and his wife and daughter practically lived at the hospital for the next decade.
But it was during this time that Jong-rak became a testimony of love to those around him.
“[A]s Lee preached and sang songs in the hallways, he soon developed a reputation as ‘a lover of the unlovable,’” an outline on the film’s website reads. “Pastor Lee became known throughout the hospital for his unceasing love for ‘the boy on his back.’”
One woman who witnessed Jong-rak’s great love for his son then asked him to adopt her disabled daughter, and so he did. He bought another home and began taking in other children from the hospital. Soon, word began to spread that Jong-rak was caring for the children of South Korea, and he awoke one day to find a baby abandoned on his doorstep.
But because the mother had left the infant out in the cold where she could have frozen to death, Jong-rak decided to build a heated dropbox with an in-home buzzer alert in case other mothers sought to bring their babies to his doorstep. Within just a few days, more babies began to come.
“One of the mothers told me that she had poison to kill both herself and her baby,” Jong-rak says in the trailer for “The Dropbox.” “So I told her, ‘Don’t do that. Come here with your baby…Read More
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