What I can't get my head around is why Protestant missionaries target Christians as much or more than Muslims.
The Muslims and the Orthodox Christians are descended from the Christians of the first centuries of Christianity, who were the Orthodox Church. It looks like the Orthodox Church is their church, the church of the first centuries. If liberal mainstream protestantism claims that Protestantism is just as good as Orthodox, why not instead of leading the Christians and Muslims from the Orthodox Church, why not keep them in it or return them to it?
(Or nowadays do mainstream Protestant missionaries avoid targeting other Christians?]
After centuries of Wetsern missionary activity that intentionally targets both (but in practice goes after Orthodox more because they are friendlier to other Christians), the Muslim population is much bigger, and the Orthodox population shrunk to about half of the Christians there. I read that many Orthodox were attracted to the missionaries because they brought benefits like food
at a time when they were living under Muslim rule (and now another occupation)
Likewise, some simple people in very poor Orthodox countries are glad when even Mormon or JW missionaries approach them with smiles and say they want to help them.
Here you have Muslims in the holy land and Muslims in ancient Christian homelands like Albania, genuinely interested in Christianity:
That a Muslim family like ours should have participated in these Christian festivals was not strange in the Palestine of the 1940s. We lived in a predominantly Christian neighbourhood in the western part of Jerusalem and it was natural for us to join them in their religious festivities
Our neighbours were mostly Greek Orthodox, although there was a small number of Protestants and Roman Catholics, whom we called "Latins", in the area. These latter groups were a recent phenomenon in Palestine. Until the nineteenth century, the vast majority of Palestinian Christians, who formed about 10 per cent of the population, belonged to the Greek Orthodox Church. From 1830 onwards, however, when Britain established the first foreign consulate in Jerusalem, Christian missionaries from a number of European countries began to arrive in Palestine. Despite their strenuous efforts, the missionaries succeeded only in convincing other Christians; they made no headway with either Muslims or Jews. Some Greek Orthodox now crossed over to other denominationshttp://www.karmi.org/articles/content/Muslim_At_Feast.html
I am for spreading the word. That is what we must do. And I am glad to see the sincerity of many Protestant and Catholic missionaries to help the poor people in ancient countries.
But what should our attitude be about missionaries who come to Muslim countries and end up impacting most the native Orthodox?
Maybe we can hope that the Orthodox bishops will welcome them, and surprise them by revealing to them about Orthodoxy?