Alf Stanway Lecture
The Influence of Australian Women Missionaries in Shaping Modern China

When: 23 July 2020, 5:15 pm

Speakers: Robert Banks, Linda Banks

Please note that we are currently reviewing events over the winter period in light of the current Coronavirus situation. We are closely monitoring the situation and will provide you with the updates on this event as soon as possible.

Join us on the 23rd of July where we will look into a window of the personal lives and lasting legacy of several prominent CMS missionaries, especially from Victoria, during half a century of outstanding service.

Robert and Linda Banks will be our guest speakers for the night.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase copies of their new book Through the Valley of the Shadow.

Date 23 July 2020
Time 5:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Guest Speakers Robert Banks, Linda Banks
Catering Light Refreshments



5.15 pm  Catering
5.45 pm David introduces Linda and Robert, opening prayer
5.50 pm Linda and Robert Banks present
6.40 pm  Questions and answers
7.00 pm  Book launch with Wei-Han + Robert and Linda
7.15 pm  closing prayer


Speaker information
Robert Banks has held teaching positions in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas, including Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Director of the De Pree Leadership Centre at Fuller Theological Seminary in Los Angeles. His award-winning writings cover a wide field, including biblical studies, Christian community, faith and work, lifestyle and leadership, apologetics and film. He has also authored two widely-read books with a focus on mission, The Church Comes Home and Re-envisioning Theological Education. Over the years he has worked closely with people in business, the media, and education in both advanced and developing countries.

Linda Banks has a background in teaching and was a staff worker for the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. She has also been Associate Pastor in both Anglican and Baptist churches and a Chaplain at Macquarie University. With Robert, she has made several visits to China, where they have spoken at Universities, Theological Colleges and the United Bible Society and Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences’ Bible in China Seminar.

Together they have written a booklet on The Christian Student’s Guide to the University, a Bible Study series on Going to Work with God, and several Discussion Guides on the films of C. S. Lewis’ books entitled Wonderful World of Narnia. They have also co-authored three missionary biographies, View from the Faraway Pagoda: A Pioneer Australian Missionary in China from the Boxer Rebellion to the Communist Insurgency.; ‘They Shall See His Face’: The Story of Amy Oxley Wilkinson and her Visionary Blind School in China, and, most recently, Through the Valley of the Shadow: Australian Women in War-Torn China.

They are members of the Yale-Edinburgh World Mission Network, the Global China Centre, and the International Association of Mission Studies.

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