Aimee Semple McPherson and her San Diego revival meetings


Aimee Semple McPherson conducting a healing ceremony at the Sprekels Organ Pavilion.                      San Diego Historical Society

The website apparently went offline.  The nature of the world wide web is ever changing and transient.  Many pages of useful information have disappeared over the years as the result of many causes.  Some are simple as not paying the bill to the Internet Service Provider to continue hosting the web site, or in the case of Geocities, the service provider taking a different direction and shutting it down.

An interesting article referencing Aimee Semple McPherson and her 1921 revival meetings that were held in San Diego have been saved from the defunct site,    The following is pasted text from the article.   While formatting  could not make the  WordPress conversion, the text is entirely intact and therefore useful for reference and historical purposes.  An image only  snapshot of the actual page is further down.  Some of the links may still even work
(External link disclaimer).

Re-digging the Wells of Healing in San Diego (March 22, 2008)

Physical healings and signs and wonders have been part of San Diego history and heritage ever since Aimee Semple McPherson’s revival meetings were held in San Diego beginning in January 1921 and her subsequent visits over the following 15 years.

The San Diego Healing Service
was held on Saturday, March 22nd, 1921
at Balboa Park in San Diego

The initial meetings had hundreds in attendance and within a few days grew to thousands at the largest indoor facility available at the time—San Diego’s 3,000 seat Dreamland Area. With overflowing crowds, the services were moved to the Spreckles Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. Crowds grew to tens of thousands in attendance as the city put on extra street cars to get people to her services at the park. So many healings and miracles occurred that police estimates grew to 30,000 people jammed into Balboa Park to witness and hear “Sister Aimee” speak and heal. U.S. Marines and Army personnel were called in to assist the San Diego Police in maintaining order.  The meetings were originally scheduled for two weeks and held in the evening which, because of spiritual hunger and ongoing miraculous healings, quickly turned into twice-a-day meetings and culminated in dawn to dusk meetings in Balboa Park extended beyond five weeks. 

The Awakening sponsored Healing Service held on March 22, 2008 at Spreckles Organ Pavilion  honored what God has done in the past in San Diego through people like Aimee Semple McPherson and Franklin Hall (Atomic Power with God).

We believe that through our extravagant worship and by honoring those that have come before us, God has “uncorked” the wells of healing at this service and released the anointing over the entire San Diego region for divine healing, signs & wonders and Heaven inspired arts (music, art, writings, books, theatre, movies, dance, etc.)

ASMSlaininSpirtThumbInstead of the anointing resting on one individual, we believe it will rest upon the body of Christ and that divine healing and signs & wonders will be commonplace in Southern California. This anointing of the Holy Spirit will bring hope and renewal for many.

We witnessed God’s presence heal people outright during our worship, and then participated with the Holy Spirit and saw many more healed through prayer and words of knowledge. 

For more information about the following topics click on the links below:

Click here to hear some of the testimonies and read the testimonies. (dead link)
Re-digging the Wells in Pastor Craig’s own words (3/9/08; 3 min, 700 KB MP3) (dead link)

Brief History of Aimee Semple McPherson

Detailed Account of “Sister Aimee” in San Diego, January 1921 (8 page excerpt from Everybody’s Sister)
“Wherever she went, newspapers reported more of the same: “Never have such scenes been witnessed here.”(p 156)
“…she was constantly billed as the “faith healer,” and her “marvelous cures” were the talk of the city” (p 169)

Franklin Hall and The Fasting Prayer Crusade starting in San Diego, January 1946 (dead link)
Lou Engle on (Franklin Hall) Atomic Power Through Fasting and Prayer
Recently discovered wells (aquifers) hidden under Balboa Park (02-02-08 SD Union Article)
Flyer for Healing Service (260KB PDF File)(dead link)
Flyer for Healing Service
(Atomic Power with God)(High Quality Version for Printing, 1.6 MB PDF)(dead link) 

Snapshot of page from web page.








More on Balboa Park: Excerpt from PBS American Experience interview:

Narrator: The same year McPherson broke ground for her church, she held one of the largest revivals of her ministry in Balboa Park, San Diego. Here, as American evangelists had done for decades, she would lay hands on the sick.

Daniel Mark Epstein: The invalids were carried on carts and on stretchers … and on the backs of husbands and brothers. Aimee got what she wanted. She wanted a revival that would reach to the horizon. But she looked out onto the crowd and she was terrified.

Narrator: McPherson had conducted healing services before, many times, but never in front of such a large crowd, estimated at 30,000.

Daniel Mark Epstein: The first one who came to the stage was an elderly woman who had been paralyzed from her waist down from the time that she was a child.

Aimee Semple McPherson (archival): …Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!

Anthea Butler: And there’s nothing worse for an evangelist to think about that “if I pray for this person and nothing happens, they are going to run me out of town on a rail.”

Aimee Semple McPherson (archival): Rise up and walk!

Daniel Mark Epstein: And there’s a wonderful photograph of her getting up out of the wheelchair and walking for the first time.

Aimee Semple McPherson (archival): Glory, glory, glory to God!

Robert Orsi, Historian: Healing services are dense, emotional, charged environments. And something real happens in that space. The fabulous thing about the Pentecostal imagination is what they were saying is that the miracles you see among the early apostles, those miracles are still possible now.


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