Lusatian Sorbs of United States


People Group Info

Total Population: 300

ROP3 Code: 109422
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Slav, Western
Language: English - (eng)
Religion: Christianity - Protestant
Country of Origin: Germany

Status of Christianity


No Longer Unreached

GSEC Level: 6

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Majority Located Where

  Serbin, TX - 300

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Brief Profile

Lusatian Sorbs, also known as Wends or Lower Sorbs, are a Western Slavic people of Central Europe living predominantly in Lusatia, a region on the territory of Germany and Poland.

In Germany they live in the states of Brandenburg and Saxony. Lusatian Sorbs are not to be confused with Serbs.

They traditionally speak the Sorbian languages (Wendish, Lusatian) which is closely related to Polish and Czech. The language is officially recognized and protected as a minority language of Germany. Most Lusatian Sorbs also speak German. Lusatian Sorbs in the United States speak English.

Traditionally, they were predominantly Roman Catholics and Lutherans.

Many Lusatian Sorbs, or Wends, migrated from Lusatia to the United States, especially to Texas.

The Texas Wendish Heritage Society preserves the history and culture of this group with their museum located in Serbin, Texas. The 3000+ artifacts, documents and original log buildings of Johann Killian and his congregation serve as the chief voice of this bygone era.

A Wendish Fest occurs annually every fourth Sunday in September to celebrate their cultural background. They continue to decorate eggs in their cultural fashion and their egg noodles are never far from the table.

The original church bell, having been brought from Lusatia and since replaced in the St. Paul Lutheran Church's bell tower now rests at Concordia University Texas (a university in Austin, founded by Texas Wends and affiliated with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod) as a testament to these founding Texas Lutherans' desire and motivation for continuing their faith even so far from home.

Prayer Points

  • Pray Lusatian Sorb Christians will respond to the Great Commission and go and make disciples of all nations.
  • Pray God will protect Lusatian Sorb Christians from falling into apathy for Christ, yet that they have passion for walking with Christ.
  • Pray Lusatian Sorb Christians will grow strong in their faith.

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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesSerbin TX300