Summary 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.