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Heroes You Should Know: Lee Jong Rak

 Have you heard of the “baby box?”  No, it’s not something you can buy in an upscale department store, or find on a baby shower registry.  It is the creation of Pastor Lee Jong Rak of South Korea who in desperation and love placed it outside his home in Seoul with a simple sign that reads, “Place to leave babies.”  Hundreds of parents abandon their babies, especially those considered disabled, on the roadsides of South Korea each year.  But now that number is dropping thanks to the pastor. Since December 2009, 383 infants have been left in the baby box. 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 Lee, his wife, or staff associates come to immediately move the baby inside. Although Lee has adopted nine of the children, most stay less than a week at the pastor’s home and are transferred to an orphanage following medical checks.  Pastor Lee says he has identifying information about parents for around 40 per cent of the baby box children. He says he retains the information if the children want to find their parents in the future, but he does not provide it to police to protect the parents’ anonymity. Pastor Lee is currently remodeling his home to house more babies, and is also building a second facility where other babies can stay longer term. Lee Jong Rak preaches a pro-life message with his life.  And once again, actions speak so much louder than words. Lee Jong Rak is a hero you should know.  And I’m Dr. Ross Porter.

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