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Evangelical group that recruits children encounters resistance in heavily-secular Portland

The arrival last week of an evangelical Christian group in heavily-secular Portland has raised the ire of some residents.

The Child Evangelism Fellowship will host child-oriented gatherings called Good News Clubs throughout the city this week. The organizers hope to bring in children between the ages of 5 and 12.

Opponents of the group say the group presents a fundamentalist view of Christianity that should be rejected. They took out a full-page ad in a local newspaper to oppose the outreach.

CEF vice president Moises (MOH'-ses) Esteves says the group is trying to engage with a younger audience that may not have heard its message. He says opponents are part of an atheist plan to dismantle Christian outreach.

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