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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27
I think this is true street evangelism right here. It is being done on a busy street, but there are no mega phones, no one is shouting at people walking by telling them they are on their way to hell. This street evangelism is quiet, yet it is changing lives, not only for mothers and their babies, but for those involved in this work. Please watch this short documentary trailer.
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Korean Pastor Lee Jong-rak saw a need in his city. He saw so many orphaned babies, he did something about it by creating a “drop box” for babies – a box built outside of his home equipped with blanket, a heat source, and even a bell to ring notifying Jong-rak or staff that a baby was placed inside. Desperate mothers who might have abandoned their babies in unsafe places now had a safe place to leave them – – a place where they would be clothed, fed, and loved.
Pastor Lee Jong-rak seems to have it right, biblically. We in our “churchianity” seem to make such a big deal about having the perfect doctrine. Many try to figure out if someone got “saved” the “right” way. I’m so fed up with this craziness going on in our churches. This compassionate pastor in South Korea is doing street evangelism the right way, in my opinion. He’s caring for the defenseless, precious orphaned babies, helping those in need and without voice. He’s actually being the hands and feet of Christ. Is there any more powerful message than this kind of love – the kind of love that strikes deep into hearts and changes lives?
Imagine what a mother must feel when she drops her baby off at the Drop Box? One mother left this note (translated into English):
“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.”
What message of Christ is she being presented when she knows that her baby is safe and taken care of? It may not come quickly for her, but you can be sure that there will be promptings on her heart: what kind of person is willing to sacrifice their time and resources to take care of my baby, a complete stranger? Who has that kind of love and where does it come from?
Brian Ivie’s life was changed by this kind of street evangelism:
Ivie was stirred to do the film after reading an article in the LA Times about Pastor Jong-rak’s mission, and he decided to go to Korea to make the documentary. After seeing the testimonies of this orphanage up close, Brian Ivie’s life was changed. In his acceptance speech, Ivie said, “These kids are not mistakes. They are important.” He went on saying, “I became a Christian while making this movie. When I started to make it and I saw all these kids come through the drop box – it was like a flash from heaven, just like these kids with disabilities had crooked bodies, I have a crooked soul. And God loves me still. When it comes to this sanctity of life issue, we must realize that that faith in God is the only refuge for people who are deemed unnecessary. This world is so much about self-reliance, self-worth, and self-esteem. It’s a total illusion that we can be self-sufficient. Christ is the only thing that enables us.” (Source)
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- The Story of The Drop Box
- Is it Love or Not? Street Evangelists Defend Their Method
- What is Real Christian Love? Is This it?
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