Friday, November 03, 2017, 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
News headlines keep us aware of various afflictions suffered by people around our world — afflictions due to violence, injustice, natural disasters, an encroaching culture of death. It’s easy for us to be overwhelmed by the scope of the problems and to think, “What difference could one person possibly make?” That thought can lead us to do nothing.
Scripture often tells us that Jesus’ compassion for a person was preceded by his looking at that person. Central’s Life Team invites you to look at one of the afflictions in our world — and to be inspired by two men, each of whom saw that affliction and helped in his own way.
In Seoul, South Korea, many babies — especially those with a deformity or disability — are simply discarded or abandoned. Compelled by his faith, and by the joy that God’s comfort had given him, Pastor Lee Jong-rak installed a drop box in the outer wall of his home and invited people to deposit their disabled or unwanted babies there. He and the growing number of others in his home welcomed those babies with joy, compassion, and love.
Brian Ivie, a film student in Los Angeles, read about Pastor Lee. After thinking that a mailbox for abandoned babies simply should not exist, Ivie next thought that he needed to help somehow. The result is The Drop Box, a feature-length documentary.
The Drop Box reminds us that every human being is sacred and worthy of love. As Ivie says, “Every person who lives long enough will be an orphan. When it comes to conquering the brokenness of this world and confronting the reality of our own death, we’re all helpless. We’re all orphans. We’re all the ones who need to be saved.” By accepting God’s comfort, and then joyfully extending comfort to others, we can become, in the spirit of 2 Corinthians 1:3–4, “comforted comforters.”
The Drop Box will be shown Friday, November 3, at 6:45 p.m. in Central’s Student Center. There’s no admission fee, and everyone is welcome. The film is rated PG, has English subtitles, and runs 79 minutes. Free popcorn, desserts, and drinks will be available, and a discussion will follow the movie. This award-winning film has changed many lives, including Ivie’s. Will it change yours?