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THE DROP BOX is a documentary feature that tells the story of a pastor in South Korea, who built "a mailbox" for abandoned babies. It's a film about the forgotten, the disabled, the discarded, and the man who gave everything to protect them.
In June 1987, Pastor Lee Jong-rak sat in the hospital waiting room weeping. After hours of brutal struggle, his wife had born a son. But the boy wasn’t normal. He wasn’t healthy. He wasn’t anything Lee prayed for. In June 1987, Pastor Lee’s one and only son was born with a massive cyst on his left cheek, and without surgery, he was going to die in that hospital. The doctors told Pastor Lee that if the boy did survive he would be a vegetable. But he insisted that the doctors try to save Eun-man.
After the operation, the doctors delivered exactly what they expected to: a child with devastating cerebral palsy, whose limbs would soon jut out at strange angles, leaving him permanently bedridden.
Lee would sell his house to pay their hospital bills.
For 14 years, Pastor Lee, his wife, and their little daughter would essentially live in that hospital ward, waiting for the day when Eun-man would be discharged. But as Lee preached and sang songs in the hallways, he soon developed a reputation as a “lover of the unlovable.” Pastor Lee became known throughout the hospital for his unceasing love for "the boy on his back." So much so that one day, a woman asked Lee to adopt her own disabled daughter. On the verge of death, the old woman begged Lee to take Sanghee in.
So he did.
As time passed, Lee would save enough money to buy a small home for his growing family. Over time, he took in several other orphans from the hospital, and word began to spread throughout his neighborhood, just as it had in the hospital.
Then, on one frigid winter night, a woman abandoned her baby outside the gate of Pastor Lee’s home. The disabled baby girl would nearly freeze to death, before Pastor Lee found her. But in that moment, Lee knew that those children were not safe. He knew something had to be done.
So in December 2009, Pastor Lee built a box.
Downstairs Lee cut into the wall of his laundry room and constructed "the drop box," fitted with a motion sensor and an alarm. While upstairs, Eun-man still lay in bed, reminding Lee of why he began to care for the vulnerable in the first place. Of course, he never thought any other children would actually arrive.