I'm from Malaysia and am not part of the Coptic Church but have found myself growing more interested in the Church of the East as the days go by.
I am a Chinese and a Protestant. I've been a Christian for many years, living my life in charistmatic churches (assemblies of God and non-denominational), growing in faith and acknowledging Jesus Christ as my Saviour.
In the last year, I have many times come across Jonah that it's made me take notice... it started at the beginning of the year when I read Anne Rice's fictional take on Jesus in her 'Christ is Lord' series. There she tells the story of Joseph who relays the story of Jonah. In April 2010, I was at a retreat where we were told to look at trees and think of what God might be trying to say. There, I saw shade and was reminded of Jonah and the vine so I went to read the book of Jonah. Since then, it was encounter after encounter, people telling me I was like Jonah (was one), another when I went for a conference and was meant to focus on Matthew 13 but when I strayed for a little bit, I was shocked to see the title for Matthew 12:38-45 'The sign of Jonah'... times at church when Jonah was mentioned (i was doubting that day that God spoke to me directly.. the first words of the passage that day was Hebrews 12:25 "Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking" [NLT]... there were more encounters.
Anyway, then I was reading up on the Assyrian Church (very briefly), how Jonah is read on Yom Kippur, how the Church of the East may have been one of the first missionaries to China in 7th century AD... and it's just been so interesting!
I answered a thread about 'betraying God' in another section 'cos it spoke to me 'cos even though I've had all these encounters, I have no properly sat down to see what God wants to say to me... I have ignored prayer, I have just been reading up on all these things but not really asking God about why...
Anyway, I've gone on a bit long for an introduction. I hope to hear from you...thanks for having me!
*** it's totally cool that i learnt of Jonah's feast from Feb 14-16, 2011... I really would like to fast but I've never done it before and i've just been so distracted i'm not sure what the best way around this is... ***