Christianity, by nature, is a missionary faith. The example and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, the preaching of the disciples to both Jews and Gentiles, and the mere fact of St. Mark’s preaching in Egypt, spoke to the Copts very emphatically about the missionary character of the Church. Therefore, the missionary movement began in Egypt, early in the first steps of Christianity. Ecclesiastical history is full of captivating accounts of Coptic Christians who preached Christianity in North, West and South Africa, Arabia, Persia, India, and Europe. Coptic missionaries reached as far as the British Isles long before the arrival of St. Augustine of Canterbury in 597 AD.(Source: http://www.stmarkcoccleveland.org/copticchurch.html).