Mission Europe was established in 1991.
In 1987 the reverend Kalevi Lehtinen resigned from Agape Europe’s (earlier Campus Crusade for Christ – Europe) executive responsibilities to become a full-time evangelist. The first few years he worked with a small team within Agape in Europe.
Over the years there was more and more demand for Kalevi Lehtinen’s proclamation and large-scale outreach Missions in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. In the spring of 1990 an invitation to Soviet Union opened new doors and lead to fruitful mission activity outside Agape Europe’s range.
So in 1991 Kalevi and Eine Lehtinen, together with their co-workers Markku and Aulikki Happonen, founded Mission Europe in order to organize citywide missions and related training activities in Europe, but particularly in Russia. The organization began under Campus Crusade for Christ’s global leadership as part of the organization’s worldwide operations.
The high season of these missions happened in the early 1990's when dozens of missions took place in Finland. At the same time in Russia large-scale mission sets were carried out. Mission Leningrad '90, Mission Leningrad ’91, Mission Volga’92 and Ural Mission '94 are the best-known examples of these missions.
These outreaches continued in the next few years; Mission Volga Don took place in '95 and Missions Siberia was held in 1996. In Finland Kalevi Lehtinen’s missions were coordinated as cooperation of Mission Europe, Kansan Raamattuseura (Logos Ministries of Finland) and local churches.
Since the beginning Mission Europe has also organized trainings for evangelism, discipleship and movement building as well as for organizing outreach missions. This need has been evident especially in aftermath of large missions in Russia. An important component has also been training and mentoring evangelists. The Institute for Evangelism held during Mission Volga ‘92 developed into Barnabas Institute, which over the years has trained several hundred pastors and church members to organize evangelistic outreaches. As a result also dozens of evangelists have been sent proclaim the Gospel.
In recent years Mission Europe, in partnership with Agape Europe, has been involved in the mobilizing and strengthening ChristDay Prayer Coverage movements in different countries.
The international involvement continues as collaboration with churches and organizations in Estonia, Russia, Israel and Sweden. Nowadays has Evangelist Ilkka Puhakka serves as the speaker for citywide missions and Bible teaching programs.