Last Thursday i went with an amazing group of co-workers to see a film called "Drop Box". The film jarred me and had me wishing i had brought tissues. The award-winning documentary by Brian Ivie in conjunction with Focus on the Family tells the tale of South Korea pastor Lee Jong-rak and his faithfulness in preserving life in its most vital of moments.
As the story unfolds, we see the "dropbox" an infant sanctuary in the side of a church wall where women can leave their babies when they cannot care for them. The director takes us on a one-on-one journey of what this mission was purposed for by God, revealing at the end that his faith story began through this journey. As i watched through the many tears, I was taken on a tour of what women go through in Korea when they are faced with a crisis pregnancy. The societal pressures alone are enough to will these women into abortions, add on top of that the lack of value on babies with disabilities, women who are victims of crimes and the oppression of the church to reach out due to governmental rigidity. A solid reminder that crisis pregnancy care needs to also be about the healing of the mother.
The breaking point for me was watching this continuing to take place in this age. As a child blessed by an adoption, my heart aches for the orphans of this world. The ones who aren't chosen by mankind. But my heart rejoiced throughout the film as i replayed the chorus of a song by Avalon:
" There are no strangers, there are no outcasts. There are NO orphans of God!"
Abandonment is a very real thing that many of these children will struggle with. Understanding what real love is and why a mother could cradle her child into the arms of another will take a patience and understanding beyond that of most humans. But love comes in the spirit of people like Pastor Lee. His immense love for God and his plan for every child, regardless of what the culture has deemed them at birth is humbling. One cannot help but weep at the pure, raw love that this man and his wife give to these kids. Taking them in at birth and caring for them day and night (many late nights waiting for a bell in the box to ring, alerting them that another child needs to be held). As his hands reached in to hold up the child, he immediately went into a state of prayer over the child's life. ...........................speechless and emotional.................
As I spent the days after being filled with emotion from what i had been privileged to witness, I finally was reminded of the story of an orphan in the Bible.
Jochebed, Moses's mother, chose to adopt her child into the arms of an Egyptian princess. She chose a basket to send her child down the river in. As she watched her son drift away, I am sure she prayed for God to let this child know how loved he truly was. That he was given up in hopes his life would be spared. Well that man grew up to free a people and part a sea. All because he accepted adoption in God's family.
I urge you if you have a chance, visit this website to learn more about the "DropBox". God adopts us all into his family. Sometimes we just need to lay ourselves down, allow ourselves to be rescued, and forgive the past.
"Love is Patient. Love is Kind."