I was just listening to an interview with Father Kallistos Ware who was saying that one cannot expect the Russians to be sincere to their Church given the amount of evangelism from protestant & catholic missionaries going now to Russia. Well, I'm paraphrasing him, so its more or less what he said: that Russians will have "more choice". And, I can see that happening.
My question is: The protestant and catholic missionaries in Egypt are doing just that: they are taking Copts from our Churches and giving them protestantism. The protestant/evangelical population has increased tremendously in the Middle East (for statistics, just go to CNN), but basically, what IS the Coptic Church is doing to bring its own flock back to her?? And not only that... more importantly, to reach out to other Coptic Christians and bring them to her.
I have nothing against Catholics or Evangelicals, and if its a path that someone takes, I'm OK with it, but I feel that its a path chosen based on emotion: they feel perhaps more welcomed in the evangelical Church, or more "at home" there - or perhaps there's a certain speaker that has attracted them.
I think as other denominations are now increasing the pace to evangelise their faiths to Orthodox Christians, I become weary of the fact that our own Church is not evangelising (other than Africa!!). I mean, God bless and mulitply the efforts of H.G Anba Antonios Morcos et Anba Boulis, but - why aren't they also evangelising in Europe/America/ even Egypt - the same way they evangelise in Africa? As many Copts have now been "caught" by evangelical missionaries in the west and led astry from their own Churches.