Our Staff

Mike and Cathy Brandt

The Brandts

Mike Brandt was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. When he was 16, Mike's brother, Mark, led him to Christ. He graduated from Open Bible College in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1984. Mike returned to Rapid City and served with Black Hills Youth for Christ. Cathy also ministered in the same Youth For Christ program. They met and were married in 1986.

Cathy was called to missions when she was 12 years old. She lived in Germany for six months after High School and God used this time to instill in her a love for other cultures.

The Brandts served with their 2 children (Mikayla and Aaron) in Papua New Guinea for 10 years as missionaries with Open Bible Churches . In September 2006 the work of Open Bible in PNG was passed to the national leadership. The Brandt family departed PNG in June 2007 and were redeployed to Tijuana, Mexico, MIke and Cathy serve as the directors of the Puente de Amistad ministry base.

You can contact the Brandt's at brandts@openbible.org.

Adam and Katie Henaman

The Henaman

Our passion for missions began when I (Adam) took a trip to Peru in 2004. I returned a year later in 2005. Yet it wasn't until Katie and I took trips to Tijuana, Mexico, with our two oldest daughters, Justyce and Faith, in 2010 and 2011 that God completely aligned our family's hearts together with a love for all people.

Since 2011 our family has worked diligently to be debt free to be able to pursue God's calling on our lives. In God's perfect timing, we spent this past summer at the Puente de Amistad missions' base serving under the leadership of missionaries Mike and Cathy Brandt. This summer happened to be one of the Brandts' busiest summers, with some weeks double-booked; they needed help. God also confirmed to us through other events during our family's time at Puente that being there was much more than a coincidence; it was God-ordained.

We know God has laid missions on our hearts for a reason and our family is excited to return to Mexico.

You can contact the Henaman's at henamans@openbible.org.

Travis and Heather Hunsaker

The Hunsakers

Over the years Heather and I have been involved in church ministry, but although we were helping meet the church's volunteer needs we did not feel we were fulfilling our own specific calling. While taking INSTE Level Two, we became burdened for something deeper.

We developed a passion for missions after having been to Peru (Travis) and to the Puente de Amistad missions' base. Heather and I spent the past summer at Puente de Amistad serving under the leadership of missionaries Mike and Cathy Brandt. While in Mexico we felt God's leading that this was where He was directing us here long term. Assisting the incoming missions teams, seeing individuals willingly step outside of their comfort zones, and ministering in another culture is an amazing thing to be a part of.

I know this is Gods perfect timing. God has had all of this planned out from the beginning of time. What an awesome God we serve!

Amalia EspinosaAmalia Espinosa

Amalia is the chef and house keeper at the Puente de Amistad base. She enjoys serving and taking care of the people who come to the base. Amalia was Born in Mexico City and came to Tijuana in 1999. In 2000, she became part of the staff at Puente de Amistad. Her family includes her husband Rafael, her son Josue, her daughters Yvette and Paula. and her 5 Grandchildren.

Marcial Morales ChabalaMarcial Morales Chabala

Marcial is in charge of house construction and maintenance at the Puente de Amistad base. He is also bilingual and enjoys assisting teams when they do ministry. Marcial was born in a village in Oaxaca State (Mexico) and he came to Tijuana in 1990. In 2001, he began helping part-time at Puente de Amistad and has since become a member of the staff. His family includes his wife Martha and his sons Freddy and O.C. who are both in school.