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The Foursquare Church’s Founder Aimee Semple McPherson was a woman of intense passion, creativity and energy. Sister Aimee as she was fondly called was a preacher and evangelist who may well have reigned as America’s best-known woman for much of her life. She led an incredible life that exemplified God’s miraculous mercy. She sparked a revival, established a major evangelical centre in Los Angeles, and changed the lives of countless individuals. She was Canadian born as Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy in Salford, Ontario, Canada on October 9, 1890, to James and Minnie. Minnie was enthusiastically committed to the Salvation Army and longed to go into full-time missionary service. Unable to do so because of her family obligations, she dedicated her unborn first child to ministry, convinced she would give birth to a daughter. She promised God she would give this girl “unreservedly into your service, that she may preach the word I should have preached, fill the place I should have filled, and live the life I should have lived in Thy service.” Her first child was, indeed, a girl, whom she named Aimee. Aimee had a conversion experience under the preaching of Robert Semple. Semple had been born in Ireland, then migrated to the United States where he encountered some of the earliest Pentecostals. He was soon baptized in the Holy Spirit, spoke in tongues, and called to evangelistic ministry. In 1907 he led a “Holy Ghost revival” in the small town of Ingersoll, Ontario. Aimee attended, fell in love with Semple, and professed faith. She, too, had an experience of being baptized with the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and being called to ministry. Aimee and Robert were married on August 12, 1908. 

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