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Rachel Charles

Rachel Charles has written 17 posts for 5 Small Loaves

MISSION MODELS THAT EMPOWER: Knowing Who You Are Going To

My name is Rachel Charles, co-founder of 5 Small Loaves.  This is the third article in a series that addresses the short-term missions model that typically comes to the Navajo reservation from American churches. I do not speak as one with expertise on missions but as one who is living in a cross-cultural setting and … Continue reading

NAIITS Symposium 2014 Summary

Last week I had the privilege of attending the 11th annual Symposium of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) at George Fox University near Portland OR. This is the third time I have attended a NAIITS Symposium and while I do not consider myself an academic, I have to admit I really … Continue reading

MISSION MODELS THAT EMPOWER: Taking Nothing

My name is Rachel Charles, co-founder of 5 Small Loaves.  This is the second article in a series that addresses the short-term missions model that typically comes to the Navajo reservation from American churches. I do not speak as one with expertise on missions but as one who is living in a cross-cultural setting and … Continue reading

Nurturing a new conversation

Last week I was on a conference call with some colleagues from a Christian organization that I partner with. We were discussing an educational project we are working on regarding the long history of injustice against Native Americans by the United States government and the Christian church. During the discussion it became clear that some … Continue reading

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday is an incredible affirmation of God’s desire for diversity. Early in the books of Acts Jesus had just been raised from the dead and ascended into Heaven. God wanted all of the world to know about his son. And in Acts chapter 2 we are told that staying in Jerusalem at that time … Continue reading

MISSION MODELS THAT EMPOWER: Keeping it Small

My name is Rachel Charles, co-founder of 5 Small Loaves.  This is the first article in a series that will address the short-term missions model that typically come to the Navajo reservation from American churches. I do not speak as one with expertise on missions but as one who is living in a cross-cultural setting … Continue reading

A New Organization

In the Bible, there is a story of when Jesus was teaching a large crowd. At the conclusion of his teaching his disciples observed that it was late in the day, they were in a lonely place and the people were hungry with no food to eat. Jesus responded by telling them, “You feed them.” … Continue reading

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