Agape Europe - Our History

From early pioneer outreaches in the 1960s to established ministries in 17 Western European countries, Agape Europe has come a long way. Hundreds of workers have dedicated their lives to sharing the Gospel message and showing God's love through a variety of creative and relevant ministry activities. (Timeline information 1965 - 2006 compiled by B. Sundstrom; photo: B. Sundstrom)

Agape Europe, a Christian organisation dedicated to helping people understand the good news of Jesus Christ, is the Western European branch of Campus Crusade for Christ International. ;xNLx;Over the years, the methods and tools have certainly changed - transitioning from simple printed booklets to modern, interactive websites - but the message remains the same. Our goal is to WIN people with Jesus' life-changing message, BUILD them up in their faith and SEND them out to share with others. Read on to see how God has honored these efforts for almost 50 years in Western Europe.

1965-06-01 00:00:00

Four Spiritual Laws translated into Finnish

Kalevi Lehtinen meets an American Lutheran youth team in Finland, trained by Campus Crusade for Christ.

1966-01-01 00:00:00

The '60s

The early days of Agape Europe saw staff members making many contacts, starting new ministries, and young European couples catching the vision.

1966-06-01 00:00:00

First CCC visit to Europe

Gordon and Marcy Klenck make first Campus Crusade for Christ visit to Europe

1966-09-01 00:00:00


Frank and Judy Kifer begin work in Berlin, soon meeting Bernhard Rebsch and his fiancée, Anne. By the following spring, they have met German youth and begun Bible study groups with Gerhard Triebel and Hartmut Unger, who would be involved with the movement for decades to come.

1966-11-01 00:00:00

Kalevi meets Bill Bright

Finnish evangelist Kalevi Lehtinen meets Bill Bright at the Berlin Congress on World Evangelism. The two are kindred spirits, and their hearts connect.

1967-06-01 00:00:00

First European staff members

Kalevi and Eine Lehtinen of Finland join staff along with Bernhard and Anne Rebsch of Germany.

1967-07-01 00:00:00

A Macedonian Challenge

Just as the Apostle Paul received a request for evangelistic help from a far away country, Kalevi Lehtinen from Finland challenged US missionary Bud Hinkson and the University Ambassador team to "Come over and help us!"

1967-09-01 00:00:00


People's Bible Society of Finland (Kansan Raamattuseura in Finnish, and now called Logos Ministries internationally), agrees to form a partnership with Campus Crusade for Christ

1967-11-14 00:00:00

The Ambassadors

The University Ambassadors, a team of 50 Campus Crusade staff members, travel to Europe and plant the seeds of what has today become Agape Europe.

1967-12-01 00:00:00

UK and Germany

The ministry is launched in the UK and Germany. Most members of the University Ambassador team begin the work in England, spreading out to five universities. Meanwhile a small team goes to Berlin to help Frank and Judy Kifer, who had begun work there the previous year.

Agape Europe - Our History

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