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Every year, hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. To do something about the crisis, Pastor Lee Jong-rak at the Jusarang Orphanage created the Baby Box.
The Baby Box is a drop box on the side of the orphanage where someone can safely leave an unwanted infant. Lined with blankets, the box is heated to keep the baby warm. When an infant is placed in the box, an alarm alerts a staff member to bring the baby inside.
The culture in South Korea places heavy value on physical perfection, so many of the infants left in the Baby Box were born with disabilities, including deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.
Since 1998, the orphanage has taken in dozens of children, and raised and loved them. That's dozens of miraculous stories of faith and love, dozens of tragedies averted.
"One of the mothers told me that she had poison to kill both herself and her baby," Lee said. "So I told her, 'Don't do that. Come here with your baby.'"
Now, Lee's work is not only changing lives in South Korea, but around the world. When Brian Ivie read about Lee in the Los Angeles Times, the USC film student decided to travel to Seoul to document the orphanage's work. As he made the film, his life turned a corner.
"I became a Christian while making this movie," Ivie said. "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."
"The Drop Box" is currently in talks with a major studio to release the film worldwide.
In the meantime, watch and SHARE the inspiring story of Pastor Lee Jong-rak and his Baby Box.