Durham earlier had visited the mission where the Azusa Street Revival was taking place, returned and applied its teachings.Under Durham's tutelage, Aimee was discovered to have a unique ability in the interpretation of speaking in tongues, translating with stylistic eloquence.After embarking on an evangelistic tour to China, both contracted malaria.Robert also contracted dysentery, of which he died in Hong Kong.Aimee recovered and gave birth to their daughter, Roberta Star Semple, as a 19-year-old widow.On board a ship returning to the United States, Aimee Semple started a Sunday school class, then held other services, as well, oftentimes mentioning her late husband in her sermons; almost all passengers attended.Novels, though, made their way into the Methodist Church library and with guilty delight, Mc Pherson would read them.At the movies, she recognized some of her fellow Methodist church members.
Aimee Semple Mc Pherson (Aimée, in the original French; October 9, 1890 – September 27, 1944), also known as Sister Aimee or simply Sister, was a Canadian-American Pentecostal evangelist and media celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s, famous for founding the Foursquare Church.
At that same revival meeting, Aimee became enraptured not only by the message that Robert Semple gave, but also with Robert.
She decided to dedicate her life to both God and Robert, and after a short courtship, they were married on August 12, 1908, in a Salvation Army ceremony, pledging never to allow their marriage to lessen their devotion to God, affection for comrades, or faithfulness in the Army.
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The pair's notion of "Army" was very broad, encompassing much more than just the Salvation Army.