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Given that speaking in languages was one of the FIRST tools given to the apostles to preach the gospel, some of them are completely untouched by this necessity of preaching in a language relevant to the country they are in.
The priests I know (as well as many members of the congregation) do not even see a need to learn English or French... what for? Just as the indian man's wife in the news article points out "WHY SHOULD I LEARN ENGLISH FOR, WHEN I CAN SPEAK GUJARATI THE WHOLE DAY BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY WHERE I LIVE IN SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE AS ME". How is this a silly argument.
For those who DO NOT CARE and are insisting on not learning - I REALLY HOPE THAT THEY GET DEPORTED!!!!
Stavro: Why are these our only choices? I don't think anyone in this thread wants anyone to be excluded for the sake of evangelism of non-Copts. That seems like it's basically the same problem as Zoxsasi is describing, but in the opposite direction. This is my main contention with Zoxsasi's assertion that he or others shouldn't (have to) care about Egypt. Everybody should care about each other, right? That's the example of the Savior and His holy apostles.
language is important, but there are other things which are important too.for example my priest can speak english reasonably well, but certainly at the time i joined the church he had some problems conversing in english.so i do sympathise with your problem, but i also wonder if maybe you need to be more 'long-suffering' and kind with people who may be better at living the message of Jesus non-verbally then they are at explaining it in flemish or in french.