Apart from serving the tourists, the Helambu Sherpa are farmers. Their villages are in the lush foothills of the Himalayan mountains. However, because of the tourism industry, Western culture has influenced many of the Helambu Sherpa villages. Most of the Helambu Sherpa are Buddhists. Every home has a decorated corner set aside for their gods. High places are often areas of worship. There, flags with prayers written on them are hung in hopes that some god may hear their pleas.
To follow Jesus in a Buddhist culture is to risk losing family, friends and status.
Christians can easily befriend the Sherpas, who often serve as guides in the Himalayas.
Pray for the handful of Helambu Sherpa who know and follow Christ. Pray they will have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, living as children of light.
Pray the gentle Sherpa people will learn the ways of the Good Shepherd, One who is also gentle.
"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'" Isaiah 52:7