(Religion News Service) Brian Ivie, 24, grew up dreaming about making a film that would compete at Sundance Film Festival. When he stumbled on a 2011 Los Angeles Times article, "South Korean pastor tends an unwanted flock," Ivie thought he found his way in.
The article recounted the story of Pastor Lee Jong-rak of Seoul who decided to build a "baby box" for mothers to leave their unwanted children. Hundreds of infants are abandoned in South Korea each year due to social stigmas associated with domestic adoption, out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and physical and mental disabilities. Lee feels a supernatural call to personally care for the children that others refuse to keep. He and his wife, Chun-Ja, now care for dozens of children. Many of them have a disability, such as deafness, blindness, Down syndrome, or cerebral palsy.
"Here was the story of a pastor who had built a mailbox for babies at his church, and it haunted me," Ivie said of learning about Lee’s story. "I thought, ‘This could be my golden ticket to Sundance.'"
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