The Drop Box is an epic true story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect abandoned children. It is a story about a man who does everything to protect the forgotten, the disabled and the discarded.
Pastor Lee builds a heated hatch to rescue abandoned infants after he finds an abandoned infant on his Church step. It is a powerful film that summarises succinctly what the Christian faith is all about. Pastor Lee didn’t want people to throw their children away. He wants them to be brought to him instead.
The film powerfully portrays the gift of disability. Pastor Lee’s son is profoundly disabled and led him on a path that helped him to adopt 15 other disabled children. At the birth of his son he asked God why he was given such a difficult child, but after 30 seconds repented of his thoughts. He later came to realise that through the sacrifice and experience of raising his son, he was given the gift to help and serve others. Children with down’s syndrome are seen in their full glory as capable and joyful. The smiles of some of the children demonstrate their invaluable worth despite the challenges of looking after disabled children.
Since the beginning of their drop box, Pastor Lee has saved hundreds of infants who would otherwise have been abandoned. The mothers are able to remain anonymous and Pastor Lee first prays with the new infant when it is received. The film overwhelmingly shows how the lives of these children are worthwhile. Segments of news articles are shown of how the idea of having a drop box has remained controversial for some who disagree with the idea or think the some of the children have no value. The film addresses the challenge that the sheer presence of a drop box is something that could encourage abandonment.
Pastor Lee is shown to have a father’s heart: caring, compassionate and merciful. He explains that many children with disabilities were sent to earth with a purpose: that they are able to teach many people, to reflect upon themselves and in that way they educate society.
The Church is called to reach out and rescue and embrace the weakest and most vulnerable members of society. The story of Pastor Lee’s love for children amptly demonstrates the depth, power and meaning of the Gospel.
The director, Brian Ivie said that through the film he is hoping that people see a type of love that spends itself on behalf of others and doesn’t expect anything back. That is what God’s love is like. It goes to the gutters for the broken and the lost.