The Sherpas of Nepal are famous worldwide for their abilities in leading mountain climbing expeditions in the Himalayan Mountains. In Nepal they earn a good living from their wealthy, adventurous clients, but the job is very dangerous. Some of them have married female clients and moved to the United States where they are no longer in their element. Commonly they live in New York City where they drive cabs or do something less exotic than leading dangerous mountain climbing expeditions. About a fourth of the Sherpas in the US are married to American women. With limited English skills, Sherpa men often face unemployment; they easily become dependent on their American wives.
Sherpas are Buddhists who think of the spirit world as something to be used in order to gain what they need. There is no concept of a loving, fatherly God to guide them through life’s difficulties. Instead of embracing some form of Christianity like many other Buddhist peoples, Sherpas in the US have remained Buddhist.
Marriages between Buddhist Sherpa men and secular or New Age-oriented American women are sometimes rocky. Counselors who believe that Christ has the answers can help Sherpas and their spouses to see that Jesus offers them the guidance they need.
There are no Sherpa followers of Christ in the US as of 2015. However, there are Nepalis in the US who have embraced the Savior. Pray that Nepalis believers will reach out to them.
* Pray for the Buddhist Sherpas to have a hunger and thirst for spirituality that will lead them to the loving, living Heavenly Father.
* Pray for a people movement to Christ among Sherpas and Nepalis in the US that will spread to the Sherpa community in other parts of the world.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Sherpa|
|People Name in Country||Sherpa|
|Population in United States||500|
|Progress Scale||1.1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Bhotia, Drukpa, Khambuwan, Manang, Serwa, Sharpa, Sharpa Bhotia, Sherdukpen, Solu, Solu-Khambuwan, Toto, Xiaerba, Xiarba, Yelmo|
|Region||North America and Caribbean|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||New York. Source: Ethnologue 2010|
|Primary Language:||Sherpa (500 speakers)|
|Language Code:||xsr Ethnologue Listing|
|For Primary Language:||Sherpa|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1975-2008)|
|New Testament||Yes (2014)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Portions|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Sherpa|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: कोन्छ्योककी सुङ|
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|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|