Every year in Seoul (South Korea), hundreds of newborns are abandoned on the streets. Most of them are mentally or physically disabled - or their parents are unmarried. In the strongly Christian South Korea, it is taboo if an unmarried couple has a child. A disabled child is also considered a curse. If no one takes care of them, they die or end up in orphanages.
While this “epidemic” is getting seemingly worse, one man has decided to rescue the babies condemned to death.
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Lee Jong-Rak is a humble pastor that recognized the problem and knew that there must have been something he could do for the children.
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The decision changed his life profoundly: he decided to build a box into his house. He named it the “baby box.” The principle is comparable to the baby hatch. The baby box is heated and contains warm blankets so that the babies don’t freeze. It is also equipped with an alarm so that the pastor is immediately notified when someone places a kid inside.
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It was his goal to give an alternative to desperate mothers in Seoul. This alternative was desperately needed, for Pastor Lee heard alarming reports everyday about the poor situation of Seoul's babies. One mother had even prepared poison to kill herself and the child. He could barely believe his eyes!
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He only managed to convince the mother through sheer will not to kill the baby and herself. From then on, he knew that his decision to install the baby box had been correct. Nevertheless, he had doubts from the beginning of the project. He thought that no one would make use of the opportunity - but he was wrong.
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The children came - and indeed in numbers. In the night, during the light of day - many with no explanation and some with letters. Pastor Lee himself adopted 6 children last year and there seems to be no end in sight. The children have much happier lives with Pastor Lee and don't have to be put into orphanages. At the orphanage, they’d simply be one kid among the others. Instead, Pastor Lee and his wife personally take care of the babies, as if they were their own children. They live and care for the little souls, that otherwise would have died on the streets.
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Pastor Lee “loves those, that no one else would love,” say his Korean compatriots. This man has a heart out of gold - he takes all those to him that could not be loved by their parents. Share this story now to show that there are still such wonderful people in this world!

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