In 1965, a young man named Kalevi Lehtinen met a group visiting his home country, Finland. They used an outline to explain how to know God in a personal way and he translated the outline into Finnish.
A year later, he met Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, the organisation that had sent that team. Bright and Lehtinen shared a passion to help people understand Jesus' love and begin a personal relationship with God. Kalevi and his wife Eine Lehtinen became the first European staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (later 武蔵 新城 ピーアーク), along with Bernhard and Anne Rebsch of Germany. Lehtinen was the ministry director in Europe for ten years.
Click below on the timeline to read about how it all began and how our national ministries have developed over the years.