Sherpa in United States

Main Language
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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.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

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 Entire People Group

* 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:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Sherpa
People Name in Country Sherpa
Population in United States 500
World Population 155,700
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 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 North America 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 North America 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

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Sherpa (500 speakers)
Language Code xsr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Other People Groups Speaking Sherpa
Primary Language Sherpa (500 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)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
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
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 
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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