Blood Sacrifice and a Fight to the Death

Posted: May 12, 2009 in Full Episodes
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The Tinku festival, held in the small village of Macha, Bolivia, once a year, is a brutal form of blood sacrifice.  At the beginning of May surrounding communities travel long distances and once they arrive in Macha they sing, dance and drink large amounts of alcohol in the streets.  This is done to arouse and worship Pachamama (Mother Earth) for the coming harvest.  Many Bolivians hold Pachamama in high regard even though they would also consider themselves Catholics as well.

The main aim of the Tinku festival is for communities to fight each other in the hopes of shedding blood.  The more blood that drips on the ground, through combat, the better the coming harvest will be.  Most fights occur by fist to fist combat, but whips, clubs and barbed-wire are also know to be used.  The Bolivian government knows of the festival and can only try to contain it each, not stop it.


When we arrived in Macha for this years festival we had heard stories but we didn’t know what to expect.  One grim comment from our guide set the tone for the worst when she said, “The people say it is necessary for someone to die.  Somebody die’s every year and they don’t stop fighting until there is a death.  The more people who die in fighting the better the harvest.”

In some pits we witnessed 4 to 5 fights occurring at once.  We even saw women fighting women.  At one point we also saw a woman with a small baby, less than one year old, strapped to her back, as she refereed a battle between two men.  The baby cried and cried and was even stuck by a wild blow thrown by one of the combatants!

As the day wore on drunk fighters swung wildly at anything, even us.  The police quickly gave up on trying to monitor the fights and began pitching tear gas in the crowds when the surge of violence became too much.  The officers themselves were even overrun and we were gassed 6 separate times as the fights near us got out of control.

Overall by the end of the festival two people lay dead.  Hundreds more hurt in combat.  Yet the people cheered, drank and sung songs long into the night.  Some might defend this practice as cultural right, but that is ignorance and cowardice.  If mankind is allowed to perform, in essences, human sacrifice,  then at what point do we draw the line between right and wrong.  Cultural customs should not be an excuse to commit murder.

To preach Christ we must be ready to go anywhere and face anything.  The message we speak is not violence or death, but life and joy in Him.  God bless you all and thank you for your prayers.

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Comments
  1. Anonymous says:

    God Bless you Guys as share the WORD

  2. Wow!!!!!!!!!!! Lord Jesus I pray for these people. I pray you would open their eyes so they may see their folly. Lord Jesus I ask that you would bless any ministries going on to reach these people. I pray blessings to your name Lord Jesus. Gracias por tus promesas, Senor Jesus. Jesus, te pido que vas a bendicir esta ministerio. En el nombre de Jesucristo. Amen. Blessings to you all!!!

  3. marta fidalgo says:

    Thank you so much for the updates through email. I pray for both of you Tim & Will as you go and share the gospel with the nations. “How beautiful are the feet of those!”. It is unbelievable the amount of ignorance and cowardice, as you’ve said, that exists in this world, that leads to abominable actions excused by ‘culture’ and ‘heritage’. We must remember our ‘citizenship is in of Heaven” (philippians 3:20) and that is our true culture! Thank you Tim & Will for being like minded, for “pressing on, and laying hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of you”! Go and be the light of the world (we are going with you too, in spirit, and through your awesome series!)

    Be well, & God Bless!

  4. Elsie says:

    God Bless you young men as you give us an insight into what is happening in the rest of the world. We can not turn a blind eye.
    Jesus, we pray, touch these men today and protect them physically, spiritually and mentally so they may preach your gospel.

  5. rudy says:

    God give you the words to minister to these people.

  6. Anonymous says:

    wow, this is unbelievable. glad you guys were protected. thank you for your example of unwaivering faith and boldness in preaching the Gospel.

  7. Cindy says:

    shouldn’t be shocking but it is- keep up the good work of preaching life in Jesus in the face of death!

  8. Pieter Jelle de Vries says:

    May the Lord Jesus help you to be strong in the faith and preach His Word also in these cirucmstances. May the light that is in you be seen by them in that they may know their is only one God and one mediator between God and men, who stands above Pachamama, the Lord Jesus Christ. May it bring them to repentance and may the power of the Holy Spirit bring down these strongholds forever. Amen.

    God bless you.

  9. Anonymous says:

    thank you for making us aware of this critical prayer need on behalf of these people living in such frightening darkness.

  10. Roy says:

    Continue to preach the Word,bringing light to the darkness!! (mens hearts).I thank God for you guys,and your crew.

  11. Rick Craft says:

    Continue to fight a good fight for faith, and help men everywhere to overcome their ingorance.

  12. Joy says:

    This is so tragic…I pray that those ears are opened to the Gospel of Grace through Christ and that hearts will be receptive towards Jesus. God please protect your servants Tim and Will. In Jesus Name Amen

  13. dizexpressiveart says:

    So sad to see man stoop to this YET nothing is impossible with God and he does change mans ways. I will pray for them..didn’t know it existed. Thanks for your faithfulness. May their ears and i open to receive the goodness of Jesus.

  14. kris chadwick says:

    You guys are amazing. I can’t believe things like this go on in the world. Our prayers go with you.

  15. David says:

    It gives me pause to wonder . . . is this not what America is doing in Iraq . . . are not the Amereicans fighting to assure a bountiful harvest in oil? . . . Sure, it is disguised as fighting for freedom and democracy, but that’s the same old story time after time, and Vietnam is a good example of a lie perpetrated upon the God fearing people of America, who would follow their government blindly into battle. In the end, the Communists took over Vietnam and the Muslims will take over the world. That is the plan and the natural order of Allah. So pray all you sinners, but in the end, you will never stop the likes of Genghis Kahn, King Riohard of England who lead the Crusades (a dark day for Christianity), the leaders of the Catholic Church during the Spanish Inquisition (another dark day for Christianity), Chritopher Columbus (who murdered thousands upon discovering the New World), Adolph Hitler, Idi Amin, Chiang Kai Shek (who murdered countless Taiwanese when he brought “The Republic of China” to that tiny Island), and the unnamed warlords of Ruanda, Darfur and Somalia to name a few. So onward Christsian soldiers, as you march on off to war. Slay the enemy and triumph over all, winning your place within the pearly gates of heaven fairly and squarely. But never forget the words of the Koran, Book of the Cow: “[2.191] And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.” Hail Mary, the mother of God and pray for us sinners, now in the hour of our death. In the name of Jesus Amen.

  16. Anonymous says:

    May God open the eyes of the blind to see what they are doing.

  17. Anonymous says:

    God bless you in all of your efforts
    May you stay strong and continue to be a blessed light making a difference

  18. Abortion is now or is already becoming a “cultural norm” here in America and now or is already spreading throughout the world. A form of population control by ….? Anyways, we need to keep shining (Matthew 5) as it gets darker, which the light will get “brighter” too..We “believers” each have to do our part (John 17)..Amen? Amen!!!

  19. Ryan says:

    Good luck in the Amazon. God Bless.

  20. peter says:

    wonders shall never end.the devil is an idiot.cudos for ur exploit.i see God using u greatly in affeecting live round the world.God bless u

  21. The Lord will direct your paths and is a lamp unto your feet. He will bless and keep you on your journeys, even umto death, he will never leave you (Jesus was in the fire with Shadrach,Meshach,and_Abendego , and they came out of it unharmed) although that would not be your first choice, that is what we have accepted to live for HIM. I would hope that if you are ever in South Louisiana, that our paths would cross, and I would have the honor to meet you so we could discuss your adventures and miracles you will have witnessed. God Speed and God Bless, Todd F. Rodrigue

  22. Elizabeth says:

    This Is terrible GOD BLESS You what can I do but pray,or is there more? I know that prayer is the best thing but is there anything else?

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