‘The Drop Box’ ~ CFDb Movie Review
One winter, a pastor finds an abandoned infant on his church steps, and builds ‘a drop box’ to rescue any future foundlings.
With tears in his eyes, Pastor Lee Jong-rak reads a note from a desperate young woman who placed her newborn baby inside the drop box he has installed on the side of his home: “I have made a simple mistake that I cannot bear or handle. I’m very sorry. I am sincerely sorry.”
Pastor Lee has received too many notes like this. Due to a complex number of factors, including the stigma associated with unwed motherhood, widespread aversion to children born with disabilities, and complicated and cumbersome in-country adoption laws, many newborn babies have been abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, in recent years.
“The Drop Box” tells the story of Pastor Lee’s heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society. It is a harrowing and sometimes heart-wrenching exploration of the physical, emotional and financial toll associated with providing refuge to those deemed undesirable and unlovable by the surrounding culture. Ultimately it is a story of hope, a view into the heart of God Himself, who “sets the lonely in families” (Psalm 68:6)
It’s so hard to imagine babies being abandoned to die and yet it happens all over the world, even here in the US. Here were some highlights from this documentary:
- Such tremendous self denial seen in the life of this pastor and his wife and volunteers.
- Parts of the film were very humorous and brought a nice relief from the seriousness of the topic. All throughout there were moments where they switched to a sort of animation which was brilliant.
- The fact that this wasn’t an overnight decision. It took several years before the Drop Box was built, very realistic. It is usually circumstances around us or that we personally experience that lead us to our true calling.
- The terrible truth that pregnant girls would be kicked out of their school for being pregnant.
- The children desiring to follow in the Pastor’s footsteps.
Most of this film has English subtitles so be prepared for doing a lot of reading. What this film made me think of was the fight against abortion in America. Are we, as Christians, ready to take in every unwanted baby, either through adoption or doing something similar like the pastor that was highlighted in this film? I pray that we are ready to take that stand and agree to raise all those children who are unable to be taken care of by their natural parents.
How many unfulfilled dreams and callings have there really been in all the child that were aborted, or abandoned to death, or even abused where they died? It’s important to take a stand and help where we can.
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