I'm sure many of you have seen The Emperor's New Groove. In the movie, Kuzco is the emperor of the Incas and decides to use his power to take away the home of a poor man who takes care of llamas, so that he can have two homes. If you have seen the movie, what do you think Kuzco learns about friendship, family, and the value of others? I spoke with a few of my Peruvian friends about the movie, because the movie isn't just about a selfish boy who doesn't know how to value those who have less than him, it is also about Peru. The Incas were a people who lived a long time ago in a place called Machu Picchu. Just like Kuzco learned that everyone has value, even llama farmers, here in Arequipa we want to teach the Peruvians that in God's sight everyone is equal. There are some people here in Peru that still think that llama farmers don't matter, because they are very poor. Our job is to show them that even the poorest people, and the people with the hardest jobs are important and God loves them.
Think about the people at your school. Are there kids at your school who don't have many friends? Are there kids who get teased and made fun of? What are some ways that you can be like Jesus and help them? How can you be their friend? Just like Kuzco you might realize that the person you think you have the least in common with can be your best friend.
There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28