Yep, today we are heading to the beach for 24 hours to debrief with group one, and relax so that we can finish out the trip energized.

Yesterday was a little bit different for us. Instead of going to La Chureca, we brought more than 60 kids from La Chureca to us, to spend some time playing soccer and doing crafts at a beautiful sports complex up in the Mountains. I’ll edit and post photos from that later, but last night when we got home I was just to physically exhausted to even try to stay up late. In fact, our whole group was in bed by 9:30 last night. Crazy!

Doug (the group leader), Kara (the translator) and myself will be here for another week working with a second group from Northway Oakland, and I cant wait to see what God has in store for us over the remainder of the trip. So far this has just been a taste, and I am so excited to get more of it. The exhausting days are nothing compared to the work that the people of La Chureca do every day.

I promise to post more pictures soon, most likely tonight, but I need to go get ready for an exploration of old world Nicaragua.


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It’s 7am and I can’t believe I’m awake. But with the sounds of the country side it was hard to stay awake. Roosters don’t really care that I just arrived last night and need my beauty sleep.

We were greeted by our hosts the Buzzbies and warned to search our beds and shoes for tarantulas and scorpions just to be safe. Really made me appreciate Africa more.

So after our introduction and some time in prayer, we headed to bed which brings me to our current point in time.

Check out this view. I’m in love.


Today I am heading to Nicaragua to work with Light Love and Melody for the next two weeks. We will be working in La Chureca, better explained as the Managua City Dump (Managua is the capital City).  There is a community of around 400 people, that live and survive off the products that they can scrape together from the dump.

Please take some time to follow two groups; one, a young group of high-school kids, and a second, a group of young professionals and college students, as each experience Nicaragua for a week. Follow the stories of those that we meet in the dump, and our struggles as we attempt to understand a life that is totally opposite of ours.

Please follow along on

twitter: @danspeicher

and on the group blog:

Stay tuned.


As a brief summer stretch finally passes by, and spring with all its color and sounds slips in, wedding season is slowly gearing up. After a few scattered and beautiful weddings throughout the winter, I am excited for the upcoming nuptials that I am going to be a part of. But truth be told, my heart is really starting to beat at my upcoming trip to Nicaragua.

Yep. I am finally heading south of the border! And I am really excited to say the least. For  weeks (maybe 3 if I can work it out) I will be working with my church, as well as a friend who works for Love, Light, and Melody: a non-profit started by Brad Corrigan (Braddigan), formerly of Dispatch. I am hoping to capture the intensity of life, love, and adventure that surrounds a trip like this. But more than that, I am excited to see how our lives effect those that we will be serving, and the changes that those in the most need, bring us.

More will come about the trip as the details are finalized, and I have a chance to talk to my buddy Dan, the in country director.

Since it has been a while since I have blogged, I wanted to start with whats been going on in my life.

I had a wonderful engagement session with Jamie and Ryan a few weeks ago. We started in Schenley Park, and they brought out their awesome boxer for some of the photos.

Jamie, Ryan, I am really looking forward to your wedding at the end of May.

Before I finish for the day, on April 6th, we celebrated Nation Tartan Day, in honor of our Scottish Forefathers who helped to shape our Declaration of Independence, using the Scottish one as a model. So in honor of that day, the Balmoral Bagpipe School had a concert, and scotch tasting (supplied by Pipers Pub in the Southside) at the beautiful Duquesne Club. The next photo is of me, just to prove that I really do rock the kilt:)

Have a happy Monday! Up next this week is Matt and Emily’s beautiful wedding at Longue Vue Country Club.