Surprised by “The Drop Box”

Did you miss the film The Drop Box when it was first released? I did. I thought that the documentary about a Korean pastor’s work saving abandoned children was a good idea, and I figured I’d watch it eventually – and then other things crowded it out. This week, in the middle of a free trial of Netflix, I finally watched it.

I recommend that you do the same. It was far more powerful than I expected.

Pastor Lee, who created a “drop box” in South Korea. Photo courtesy

I guess I expected a feel-good movie, dripping with sentimentality. What I saw instead had an edge that was unsettlingly hard. Pastor Lee and his extended family, the people at the core of the film, are caring for one another in the midst of some grim conditions. Disabilities are not glossed over or prettified. The area government is not supportive of the pastor’s “drop box” – a safe haven for abandoned children – with the result that some social-service resources are denied to the children cared for by Pastor Lee and his wife. Needs abound, while solutions are scarce. The Lees respond with loving hearts and faith in God, taking care of as many children as they can.

It’s amazing and essential work. It’s not easy. The Lees are draining themselves in every respect, devoting their lives to the children they’ve rescued. The film is candid about the power of the ministry as well as its costs.

If you find yourself sampling a streaming service, see if The Drop Box is on the menu, tucked in between the travelogues and the sports documentaries. As tough as it is inspiring, The Drop Box is worth your undivided attention.


Weekend reading: Safe Havens; remembering children; Oregon’s assisted suicide data

A few links to recent online stories from other sources:

Baby safe havens exist so that every mother has life-affirming options (

In the wake of a baby’s horrific death in Nebraska recently, here’s a timely reminder of Safe Haven laws. New Hampshire has one, allowing newborns to be safely surrendered at public safety facilities or hospitals.

“Please Help Me Remember The Children I Have Lost To Miscarriage” (

“Having lost three children to miscarriage, one of my biggest fears is that my children will be forgotten. I am not looking for me or my miscarriages to be remembered—I am looking for my children to be remembered.” Read the rest of the post here.

Oregon Assisted Suicide Report Shows Law is Rife with Abuse (

Diane Coleman of Not Dead Yet, writing at, notes that even with sketchy information, the official reporting about Oregon’s assisted suicide law is cause for alarm. “The Oregon assisted suicide data demonstrates that people who were not actually terminal received lethal prescriptions in all 18 reported years except the first, and that there is little or no substantive protection against coercion and abuse. Moreover, reasons for requesting assisted suicide that sound like a ‘cry for help’ with disability-related concerns are apparently ignored.” Read the rest of the post here.