The Baby Box – A box outside a man’s home for abandoned babies.

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Everyone has a purpose.
When someone finds their purpose and then pours all of themselves into it, nations change.
This is the story of a small town pastor in South Korea.
And how he wound up changing the worlds of many.

Lee Jong-rak is the creator of the Baby Box.

His Baby Box is the first and only box in Korea that is for collecting abandoned babies who are physically or mentally handicapped or are just unwanted by their mothers.

Hundreds of unwanted babies are abandoned on the side of the street in South Korea every year. Jong-rak knew he needed to set up a way to save the lives of these precious babies.  He built a drop box on the side of his home with a humble sign reading,

“Place to leave babies.”

The inside of the box contains a thick towel covering the bottom, and lights and heating to keep the baby comfortable.  A bell rings when someone puts a baby in the box, then Jong-rak, his wife, or staff associates come to immediately move the baby inside. His aim was to provide a life-giving alternative for desperate mothers in his city of Seoul. He even admits that he didn’t really expect that babies would come in– He was mistaken. The babies came. In the middle of the night, in the middle of the day, some with notes, some without a word, and only a very few mothers actually spoke to him face-to-face.

One single mother left this heart-wrenching note with her baby. The english translation follows.

“My baby! Mom is so sorry.
I am so sorry to make this decision.
My son! I hope you to meet great parents, and I am very, very sorry .
I don’t deserve to say a word.
Sorry, sorry, and I love you my son.
Mom loves you more than anything else.
I leave you here because I don’t know who your father is.
I used to think about something bad, but I guess this box is safer for you.
That’s why I decided to leave you here. My son, Please forgive me.”


Read entire story here…


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  • JR

    Wow. What an incredible and sad story.

  • Wescott Pusey

    This has got to be near and dear to your heart bro… be blessed!

  • beautiful story. i shed a couple tears. especially considering my family has been waiting SEVEN YEARS for our Chinese adoption. last we heard … it might still be another 2 years. and that’s just a guess. i’d take one of those Korean babies in a heartbeat.

  • Naomi Parker

    My heart crush out for these babies. I want everyone of them. Having been blessed with a little guy in our family, I wouldn’t know what we would do without him. He truly brings the smiles and hearty laughs to us daily. I want them all.

  • Guest

    Amazing. Heart wrending. Convicting. Beyond powerful. Beautifully living out being the hands and feet of Christ into the world in one small place, making a very large difference.

  • Liesbet

    I wish I knew about this when I still lived in Korea!!! That country has a sad sad system of not accepting babies out of wedlock….. It is quite depressing to hear what mothers have to do…. This pastor is doing something HUGE!!!! Much prayers for him.

  • Molly Moore

    My heart breaks, then it smiles, and the tears flow.

  • Sandra

    Now this is the works of the Lord in Jong-rak and his baby box!!! God Bless him, his wife and the staff!! Sandy

  • Melissa Russell

    I visited South Africa a few years ago, and the church that my friend attended when she lived there had one of these. So thankful for people and churches willing to give these babies a chance when their mothers have no where else to turn.

  • Heart-wrenching to say the least. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Esther O’Reilly

    If this doesn’t inspire you to be more pro-life than ever before, I can’t think what will. Stand for life!

  • Markus

    I love love love real stories of real people just doing the next thing, even if it seems meaningless to them and God turns it and them into life and world changers. It’s so easy these days to become a social media campaigner – you like a page, share a few links and feel like you’ve done good. That’s good and well but I want to be like this pastor, not fussed about what others are doing about a problem, not worried about my grand plans, just taking the next step and letting God work. I’m still learning.

  • wow!

  • CoachTheresa

    Wow! There is no such thing as accidents.. and as I found myself on your website, I have been deeply touched, inspired and uplifted with your soul stirring stories.. especially this one! What one person can do in the name of LOVE. Thank you Carlos!!

  • pvspaulin

    Thanks for covering this. I am a school principal at Asia Pacific International School in Seoul, and a few of my teachers volunteer here, going on weekends to hold babies and help out. It is an amazing ministry and a picture to us of the way God accepts the discarded. God bless.