Not long after she and more than 1,250 of her classmates picked up their diplomas this spring, Natalie Black was off to make the world a better place, starting with Nepal, which was devastated by an earthquake in April.

Natalie Black

Natalie Black

Black, a native of Mound City, Kan., earned a degree in family and consumer sciences with an early childhood emphasis, but she had known for a long time that she wouldn’t be following the typical career path that others with her degree follow.
“I knew what Jesus was telling me to do,” said Black, who went on her first mission trip when she was just 13.
Over the years, Black has served in several countries, including Nepal in 2014, where she completed an FCS early childhood internship, teaching art to young children.
Black always
expected to return to Nepal, but the earthquake is making the work she expects to do even more meaningful.
“The main focus will be helping the villagers rebuild,” she said.