It is a cafe with a cause.

The 15th annual World Mission Cafe, which raises money for the Korean congregation at Bethel International United Methodist Church, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

The event is free and open to the public. The church is located at 1220 Bethel Road.

Church officials will sell homemade Korean dishes, crafts and items in a yard sale to raise money for a mission in May to Merida, Mexico, located on the Yucatan peninsula.

During the cafe event, children can enjoy face-painting, movies, a bounce house and cotton candy.

Food will be priced inexpensively, said the Rev. Dae Seong Jeong.

"The Korean community and church are working together," he said.

The menu is expected to include items such as Korean-style pork ribs, pork slices, fried chicken, noodle dishes and side dishes.

Members of the congregation, who are working with the mission in Merida, will offer bible training, haircuts, nutrition tips and some primary medical care, said Joy Choi, who is married to Jeong.

"That area is really poor," she said. "They even search the trash for food."

The couple said the cafe is an annual success, with about 200 people attending and raising $10,000 for the mission fund.

The fund is used to pay for mission trips throughut the world, Choi said.

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