It can be said that changing someone’s life for the better is a blessing. But to work for change and be changed yourself along the way is a beautiful human experience, indeed. So goes the story of James Storehouse founder and foster care advocate Kim Winston Bigler. Those who have had the pleasure of meeting Kim know she is the kind of person that builds empires with her resourcefulness and ingenuity, but she insists that this story is not about her. Rather, it is about the way that compassion and God’s calling transformed her into a voice for the children of our community who are often left unseen.
“I was such a selfish kid,” Kim admits, smiling in good humor. “It was all about me.” She recounts her early life working as a successful, high-powered businesswoman in New York City. “All I wanted was to go to my 10-year high school reunion with the best threads and the best car,” she laughs knowingly.
But suddenly Kim was struck with a “come to Jesus moment” in the late 1990s. She found that, at the root of it all, she had a heart of service. It was this epiphany that caused Kim to turn back to her faith, become a missionary, and serve in countries such as Fiji, the Philippines, and Russia. She became a youth leader in the church and an empowering speaker for both women and young people. Then things began to slow down in 2005 when Kim got married and became a mom. She was forced to pause and reflect on what she really wanted to accomplish with her life. It was during this time of rest that Kim realized her true calling.