Firstly apologies if i slotted this in the wrong forum.
I have often wondered if it is possible to today re-evangelise previously Orthodox populations in Europe. I am specifically thinking of Bosnian Muslims, Albanian Muslims, Pomaks in Bulgaria/Greece and to a lesser extent Czechs and Slovaks.
Historically Bosnians, Albanians and Pomaks were Christian (mainly Orthodox) before the Ottoman Islamic conquest. Even further back Czechs and Slovaks received Orthodoxy from Sts Cyril and Methodius before Frankish tyranny forced Orthodoxy out.
Would a concerted and long term drive by the Church to educate these people about their past and how in many cases their ancestors were unwillingly converted, possibly bring even a small portion of these populations back to Orthodoxy?
I say this because i was reading about how recently atheist Czechs have joined or re-joined the Orthodox Church. In the words of one of them:
Igor Strelec says that the church's historical links to this country - stretching back to the time of the Great Moravian Archibishop Methodius in the ninth century - was one of the things that appealed to him.
"I feel like I'm continuing the tradition of Methodius and of our Hussite movement and Bishop Gorazd. I am proud that I come from the Czech Republic, where the Orthodox Church began in Great Moravia and then spread eastwards to Ukraine, Russia and other countries. It's a proud part of our history."http://www.radio.cz/en/section/czechstoday/the-czech-orthodox-church-a-community-with-a-long-and-rich-history-in-bohemia-and-moravia
Can we hope for any or more of these cases amongst all the other populations i mentioned?