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Tracy Said “The Food!”

After ¾ of our group of 33 finally arrived in Tel Aviv on this 11-day pilgrimage after battling weather-related flight delays and cancellations (when the last 8 got in they missed the first whole day), we traveled 1½ hours by bus to our Ron BeaGroup Photoch Hotel in Tiberius. For 4 days our rooms look out over the Sea of Galilee.

Tracy Radosevic, our team leader from Washington, D.C., is making her 7th trip to the Holy Land and is captivating us with her Biblical story-telling. As we gathered late Tuesday night at a room reserved for us in the Newark airport, she told the story about “leaving home” from the call of Abraham in Genesis 12. 

“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land I will show you.’”

In trying to envisioSalad Barn the same land God would show us that was shown to Abram, Tracy asked each of us, “What are you looking forward to in visiting this Holy Land?"

Responses usually centered around walking in the footsteps of Jesus and being personally transformed. Each time someone answered, we responded as a group with the affirmation, “Amen! So be it! So it is!”

Tracy’s longing was for “the food!” And she was so right! Hot Bar

The morning and evening salad bars alone at the hotel are to die for. Along with scrumptious meat and egg choices and local fresh fruit (papaya, dates, kiwi, bananas, tangerines, pears), the bar had vegetable dishes of red cabbage, beats, hummus, various greens, eggplant, artichokes, corn, tomatoes, and more. There has been an amazing array of fish, from salmon, tuna, tilapia, and perch to smoked mackerel, herring, and sardines. We haven’t even had the famous St. Peter’s fish yet. 

This truly is a Godly place! For me, a foretaste of the heavenly banquets that await us.