Several months after we started our adoption process, we were made aware of a servant of the Lord whose love for the orphans of South Korea spurred him to action. After reading several articles about this man and the mighty work the Lord was doing in and through him, Grant and I knew that we would love to visit his place of ministry when we travel to bring Lyle home. This place is known for and as the beautiful “baby box”.
As mentioned in prior posts, the adoption laws in South Korea were changed quite drastically last August. This mainly affected domestic adoption and from what we are able to read through the news, it has affected it in some bad ways. This in no way states the fullness of such change, but in brief, part of the change was that birth mothers were now required to register themselves and their child at the time of placing their child for adoption. Where mothers could once do such without any record, they were now required to forever have it in writing. It has been difficult to read some of the articles that have been detailing the rise of abandoned babies on subways and the suicide of some mothers.
In 2009,” the Baby Box was born out of necessity to save lives.” This is a box that a pastor in South Korea has outside the walls of his home. It is safe for mothers to place their babies inside at any point in the day.. This article is quite detailed about the work of this incredible man and was written months ago after a meeting with filmmakers who visited to make the movie mentioned below. Yesterday, Gospel Coalition wrote this post.
I’m in awe of God’s work in this beautiful city and am so thankful for films like these that open our eyes to His powerful work in and through His people as they care for orphans.
Here is the trailer for the film “The Dropbox” that is to come out in the coming months.
“The Dropbox, a 72-minute documentary directed by 22-year-old Brian Ivie, who came to Christ while producing the film, chronicles the loving sacrifice of a Korean Pastor named Lee Jong-rak who built a wooden hatch on the side of his house in 2009 to collect disabled, unwanted babies. Ivie heard about Pastor Jong-rak’s efforts through a Los Angeles Times article and was determined to document the pastor’s story in the hopes of bringing him support.”