Carrie Pither

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Carrie is serving as AIM’s International Crisis Consultant. Her role ensures the organisation is aware and prepared in the management of risk, security and crisis. Carrie is based in Nairobi, Kenya, although her role provides a service across the whole organisation, including AIM’s Sending and Receiving Regions worldwide.

She started serving with AIM in 2016 as AIM Air’s Executive Officer. AIM Air supports the wider work of AIM and other charities, flying missionaries, pastors and cargo over some of the world’s most inhospitable terrain, to bring hope and the good news. They have two main bases, one in Kenya and one in Uganda.

In an area representing eight countries and over eight million square kilometers, spanning the homelands of over 250 million people, AIM Air is a vehicle to help take the Great Commission to the ends of the earth. Its mission is the coordination and delivery of safe, reliable, and economical air transport service to enhance the ministries of evangelical missionaries, church workers, and Christian relief and development agencies in the region. The people it serves are working in church planting, evangelism, community development, medical missions, children’s education, pastoral training, emergency relief, Bible translation, short term missions and more. 

Since December 2017 Carrie has been serving as AIM’s International Crisis Consultant, remaining in Nairobi. Her role provides a service across the whole organisation, including the Mobilising and Receiving Regions.

The countries in which AIM works may be affected by war, political turmoil, terrorism and crime, so continual security awareness and practical preparation is essential. However, balancing the tension between the leading of the Holy Spirit, wise stewardship, and God’s invitation to risk is complex.

AIM’s mandate is to fulfil the Great Commission, and as our missionaries continue in our founders’ footsteps many of the risks and challenges involved in reaching the unreached remain the same now as they were then. Christian workers build resilience into gospel ministry through good security practices that ensure both the voice and presence of the gospel will continue to advance in difficult places.

Carrie is involved in advising regions, teams, missionaries and AIM’s International Office in many aspects of risk management and security. She is also involved in new missionaries’ training and orientation in security protocols, contingency plans and safety before they arrive on the mission field.

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“Work continues to be busy with policy implementation, creating the new online security learning sessions, delivering training/briefings and general ongoing security matters. The situations in Uganda (elections) and Ethiopia (brink of civil war) are of particular concern at the moment with a potential broader impact on the stability of East Africa. The Kenyan Presidential elections are due in 2022 and already the political environment is becoming tense. The global travel situation and the associated Covid arrangements change frequently and rapidly causing our missionaries and their families ongoing difficulties as they travel.” Please pray for Carrie, that God would give her all she needs to help AIM act wisely in these situations.

Carrie is currently working from the UK because of the Covid-19 pandemic. “In early July the Kenyan President lifted the restrictions on international flights. And so, my flight to Nairobi is booked for 8th August. I am ready to be home but it will be so hard to leave my family especially in these uncertain times. On my arrival in Nairobi, I will self-quarantine for 14 days in my own home (the current regulations are a little uncertain but I am planning to do so).  My intention is to settle back into my house and commence working from home until it is safe to return to the office. Kenya has put in place many of the Covid 19 restrictions that we are seeing globally. In addition, there is a night time curfew (9pm – 4am) and the wearing of masks in all public space.” At the moment travel is unpredictable, so please pray that Carrie will be able to fly back to Kenya this weekend and for safe travel.

Carrie is currently working from the UK because of the Covid-19 pandemic. “A key function of my security role has been ensuring missionaries and the organisation are prepared in the event of a crisis. Prior to the COVID 19 pandemic we planned and prepared for crisis with sound contingency plans and now we are trusting in that readiness. The majority of AIM missionaries remain in Africa and where possible they are continuing their ministry. The coronavirus has advanced through African cities, towns and rural locations with most countries recording cases. Governments are implementing restrictions, and many communities are bracing themselves for the further spread of the virus. Healthcare systems are at risk of being overwhelmed.” Please pray for Carrie as she helps the whole of AIM to respond well to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 “I was recently invited to join a weekly bible study. The group is a mix of Kenyan and expat/missionaries. We have just finished studying the book ‘God and Political Justice’ (Landa Cope) which generated a fair amount of challenging but healthy discussion. We supper together before our study session and it has become known as ‘Swallowship and Fellowship’!“ Praise God for this Bible study group, and pray that they will grow in faith together.

“As part of the roll out of the new security policy for AIM, I will spend much of the next few months travelling around East Africa. My travels will include Uganda, Tanzania and also travels within Kenya to meet with regional leaders, country directors and their teams. Along with general security training sessions, I will also host different workshops on risk assessments and specifically how families can be prepared for crises.” Please pray for safety for Carrie as she travels, and that she will be able to train AIM’s regional leaders and missionaries well.

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Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963. Since then British tourism has been a key element of Kenya’s economy, however, unemployment, poverty and crime remain high. Whilst the majority religion is Christianity, Kenya’s ethnic diversity and vast countryside means there are still many unreached with the gospel. LEARN MORE

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