Living in the valleys of eastern Nepal are the Sherpa. The name Sherpa comes from the Tibetan word meaning “people from the East.” Their name insinuates their Tibetan origin from the region of Khams. There are over 107,000 of them and many live in the valleys and in the capital, Kathmandu. Sherpas are also known as tourist guides for those who wish to climb Everest. The majority of Sherpas practice Buddhism and animism (the belief that spirits inhabit non-living objects) influence all aspects of their society.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Reaching Sherpas is typically facilitated through compassion ministries.
Prostitution is a major problem in the country, and as much as 7000 –10,000 girls are trafficked every year. Project Rescue opened a shelter in Kathmandu called Home of Hope, where women are able to find safety, rehabilitation, and the hope that is in Christ.
After a massive earthquake in the region, Convoy of Hope responded by distributing 3882 tarps and 423,250 meals. And with more than 600 volunteers, they are helping and ministering to the survivors.
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
In the region where Sherpa live, many of the schools are too far for children to walk to, so the children cannot attend regularly. Due to the lack of education among their communities, only one-third of their population is literate. This is a major opportunity for the church to minister and witness to the Sherpa children. The Assemblies of God in Eurasia is working to minister to people by planting churches and primary schools in specific regions. Pray that churches and schools would be planted in Sherpa communities.
To join in reaching the Sherpa visit Southern Asia Access.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray the Sherpa people will come to know the goodness and grace of God through compassion ministries such as Project Rescue, Convoy of Hope, and the Assemblies of God in Nepal.
- Pray for protection over the women who are preyed upon by traffickers.
- Pray for a complete Bible in their language.
- Pray for workers to be compelled by the Holy Spirit to go to Eurasia and minister to the Sherpa.
Interested in more opportunities? Visit the Wide Open website.