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Aimee Semple McPherson


Aimee Semple McPherson who was she and what did she do?  Well she appears to be more than the average woman of her time.  Her life began simple enough in 1890 in Salford, Ontario, Canada.  Her parents both were involved strongly in the Salvation Army and raised her in a strict Christian household. Aimee rebelled against the strict ridged Christian teaching of the time. She wanted to understand God and for Him to be able to answer some of her questions. Then in 1908 Aimee took her father to hear the evangelist preaching of Robert Semple. His preaching seemed to have affected her spiritually and mentally because after three of Semple’s sermons she decided to commit her life to God and to marry Robert Semple. Together they moved to China as missionaries. Tragically while Aimee was eight month pregnant her husband dies of malaria. Her mother then sent for her and her daughter to return to America. (Taylor),(Lewis).

After living with her mother she then moves to New York City in 1912 where she meets her second husband Harold McPherson. Aimee and Harold then have a son in 1913. Then in 1914 Aimee becomes very ill and while she was in a near comma state that she heard a voice that asked her "will you go?" and she answered "yes".  After saying "yes" she wakes up and in two weeks is fully recovered. ("Aimee Semple McPherson").  She regards this experience as a "calling" and takes her family to the open road preaching out of a 1912 Packard touring car that she called several names such as the "rolling church", and the "gospel car". The car was painted with religious slogans such as "Jesu