Sherpa in United States

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge


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.

Ministry Obstacles

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.

Outreach Ideas

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.

Prayer Focus

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.

Scripture Prayers for the Sherpa in United States.

Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Sherpa
People Name in Country Sherpa
Pronunciation Sher-pah
Population this Country 5,000
Population all Countries 183,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bhotia; Drukpa; Khambuwan; Manang; Serwa; Sharpa; Sharpa Bhotia; Sherdukpen; Solu; Solu-Khambuwan; Toto; Xiaerba; Xiarba; Yelmo; शेरपा
People ID 14906
ROP3 Code 108938
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country New York   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country New York.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Primary Language Sherpa (5,000 speakers)
Language Code xsr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Sherpa (5,000 speakers)
Language Code xsr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Sherpa

Primary Language:  Sherpa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1975-2008)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2014-2015)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Portions
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sherpa
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Sherpa
Text / Printed Matter The Ancient Path
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
100.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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