Salt + Light

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:13-16

What does it mean to be Salt and Light?  Salt is both a preservative and enhances flavor.  Jesus seems to be saying that those who follow God should make the world a more enjoyable place for everyone by enhancing and sharing the goodness of God with others.  As for light, Jesus is sharing that how we live our life should be like a light drawing others to God.  The metaphor of salt and light is a reminder to followers of Jesus that through our faith and how we live our life, we should have an obvious impact on everyone who comes in contact with us.  Jesus is asking us to not only be devoted to God, but He is asking us to have an influence on the world around us.  

Living Generously

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  • Olive Crest

    We have come along side Olive Crest through our dance school, Surrendered School of Danceby providing scholarships to families offering foster care or seeking adoption through their organization. We want to be a blessing to these children and households as they build loving relationships with the children in their care.

  • Tacoma Rescue Mission

    We have collected donations of clothing, socks, and shoes for the Tacoma Rescue Mission as well as sending teams of dancers down to feed the homeless at the shelter. 

  • Union Gospel Mission

    Since 2015 we have been regularly visiting the Union Gospel Mission women's shelter in Seattle.  All of our dancers are registered volunteers with the organization so we can participate in events during the season.  

    Some of our dancers have even volunteered on their own apart from the ministry to participate in the Outreach and Search + Rescue teams to find those who are homeless, hungry, and hurting. 

  • Back to School Jam

    Each summer local churches and organizations come together to be a blessing to the children and families in our community.  During the event students are provided with a meal, fun activities, free school supplies and services such as hair cuts, sports physicals, and clothing.  

    During the past decade we have started our season partnering with this outreach by teaching dance classes, offering scholarships to families that might not be able to pay for dance lessons for their students, and assisting in the distribution of supplies.  

  • Simple Love

    Simple Love is a clothing bank that provides clothing for children in South Tacoma and Lakewood. We have collected donations of new and used clothing that were then distributed by Simple Love to children in need.

  • Anchor Church - Soup Kitchen

    During the lockdown's of COVID, the dancers and staff of Paradosi ran a soup kitchen with Anchor Church in Tacoma.  The kitchen provided meals for anyone in the community who was in need of assistance.  Each day we served we prepared an average of 70-meals which were delivered to the homes of shut-ins, homeless, and others who were impacted by the pandemic