Missionaries are busy people. It’s easy to get caught up in the sheer quantity of work to be done and forget the Stagemaster, the One who keeps the stars alight and who stirs the souls of His lost children. God himself reminds of this in Psalm 46:10: “Be still,” He says, “and know that I am God.”
Sunbury Christian Camp is, in many ways, a reminder of God’s advice to sit down, be quiet, and remember who he is. Nestled between rolling hills of sugar cane and the resplendent Indian Ocean, the camp acts as retreat center, conference locale, and church camp. It is also home to a few of ZEMA’s missionary families.
The ZEBS teacher conference is held here, as well as ZEBS classes, graduation ceremonies, alumni gatherings, ZEFA meetings, training events, and retreats. When not in use for ZEMA-related functions, Sunbury acts as a retreat center for churches and other Christian organizations, ministering to the local community through beautiful facilities, biblical teaching, and mentorship.
Sunbury is a place of rest and restoration. It is a symbol of the Psalmist’s prayer: “For God alone, my soul, wait in silence. For my hope is from him” (62:5). We come, God revives our souls, and we return to the work—no less impassioned for what lies before us, but bolstered by His strength and reminded that He is our All.