Bettina grew up in Northumberland, worked variously as an interior designer and paper shuffler and lives in West London with husband, Pip, their four young children and a rabbit.
She is very realistic about the challenges living as an ambassador bring “Unfortunately, any musings on my personal attempt to live for Christ on a daily basis must begin with a confession of failure. A backward glance at the day often reflects a full catalogue of disasters. In fact, I can safely say that there is nothing, not one thing, that I attempt each day that carries with it such certainty of disappointment. Where are the fruits of the spirit when my toddler-who-thinks-he’s-a-lion won’t stay in the buggy? Where is joy, peace and gentleness when I am picking his helpful addition of frozen fish fingers out if the birthday cake mix? Where is self control when I spend my day dreaming of things that God has not ordained for me instead of thanking him for how very much he has given me?”
For Bettina, it is about realising that it is not about her and what she is doing but about God and what he has done. “So I can pray, read the bible, try to understand more, be repentant, be thankful and keep trying – and it may or may not make me a more effective toddler trainer – but the only way I can really live as an ambassador for Christ in my world is by humbly offering my life – the material, the spiritual, the good, the bad, the fish- finger birthday cake – to his service everyday. Not because he needs it; just because he wants it.”