I have witnessed a MIRACLE!

Dear Cloud & Fire Family,

I have almost no words to express what is in my heart as I write this!  Thank you for all of your prayers and concern for Abraham (aka Abram).  Last night was my first chance to visit since he was moved to All Saints Acute Care in North Hollywood almost two weeks ago. Guadalupe brought me up to date on his medical condition, and her spirits seemed high. Only a short time after I arrived, Abraham opened his eyes and looked at me. This was the first time I had seen his eyes fully open since the accident, and didn’t know what to expect.  I had assumed lingering evidence of head trauma.

I told Abram who I was and the light of recognition slowly came over his face. Then he uttered a few words, which were startling clear considering he still has a “trach” in place. His voice is quiet, but he spoke energetically nevertheless, telling me all about his next scheduled surgery (tomorrow, to either take out the trach or at least reduce the size).  I told him that a lot of people have been praying for him, to which he replied that this experience has made him closer to God!

I had previously brought photos of his Yosemite trip with Cloud & Fire, and we looked at those together, remembering old times. He recognized friends, even recalling names, and asked about our teachers by name. He wanted to know about our next Yosemite trip. I told him, “It’s next month. I don’t think you’ll make it this time.” He replied with, “Maybe next year.”

God has been very good to this young man.  His mother’s faith has been a testimony to everyone who has met her, and this boy’s journey is a sure sign that God is still clearly in the business of doing miraculous things.

Abraham asked me to come see him next week, and I said I would.  On my way out, he sweetly told me he would be praying for ME. This heartwarming gesture came from a boy who was barely hanging onto life six weeks ago.

Thank you so much for your prayers.  I know you are rejoicing with me for what the Lord has done!  Please remember his surgery tomorrow as you continue to hold him up in prayer. God has truly done a miracle in his life.

To see a video of Abraham talking, watch below!

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory!  Ephesians 3:20

Rejoicing today,



Cloud & Fire Graduate Becomes Volunteer of the Year

IMG_6340_eIn honor of National Volunteer Week we’d like to congratulate one of our very own Cloud & Fire graduates, Josue Mendoza, for receiving the Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year Award! He received the honor for his work serving homeless individuals with The Village Family Service Drop-In Center. “Somebody in the agency nominated me for the Volunteer of the Year Award and they didn’t let me know about it ” said Josue. “I didn’t know it was going to happen and I just got it.”  A current student at Valley College, he was one of two recipients to receive this award as a result of his character and hours of dedication to the organization. Congratulations, Josue, on this outstanding accomplishment! We’re all very proud of you.

The Sky Was the Limit at Aviation Day!


Our students had a chance to visit Van Nuys Airport on Friday for Aviation Career Day! They learned about various careers offered in the aerospace and aviation industries and had the chance to network with companies offering great job opportunities with NASA and more. The LAPD, LAFD, and the LA Sheriff’s Department were also present to give advice on how to get into different civil service fields. Students also had the chance to go on a bus tour through one of the air strips of the airport, and other areas of the airport that don’t always have public access.

For more photos of the event visit our Facebook page.