Early on December 14th, acclaimed Bethel Music's worship leader Kalley Heiligenthal and her husband Andrew's beautiful little girl, Olive Alayne, unexpectedly stopped breathing in her sleep. The family called 911 and medics attempted to revive the child at home and at a hospital, where she was declared dead. From there, her body was taken to the Shasta County Coroner's Office.
Olive was 2 years old, vivacious, full of wonder, full of life. Five days after her death, can little Olive rise from the dead? Olive's mother Kalley is positive: "Day 5 is a really good day for resurrection. I've never been more grateful for Jesus. He is endlessly worthy of our love, trust, faith and risk."
The same goes for goes for worship leader Christine D'Clario where she answered with an affirmative: YES!!!
Likewise, Bethel Church stands behind Kalley and her belief that her daughter will rise again. "Bethel Church believes in the stories of healing and physical resurrection found in the Bible (Matthew 10:8), and that the miracles they portray are possible today," the statement said.
However, other Christians are less optimistic. Some have encouraged the church and the Heiligenthal family to accept the fact that Olive is now with Jesus. "Olive has passed. She is not on life support, but in heaven with so many other children, who left their earthly home. This is a sad, tragic story. I'm praying for the family, and members of Bethel."
Kalley Heiligenthal also posted her beliefs on a GoFundMe page set up for the family over the weekend. As of Tuesday evening, it had raised more than $36,000.
A veteran member of the Bethel Music worship collective, Kalley Heiligenthal also serves as a second-year worship pastor at Bethel's School of Supernatural Ministry. Co-writer of the popular praise anthem "Ever Be," which was nominated for a 2017 Dove Award for Worship Song of the Year, Kalley's "Every Crown" is featured on Bethel Music's latest Dove-nominated, best-selling compilation VICTORY. She is part of "The VICTORY Tour," hitting 10 cities across the country this fall. Showcased on Bethel Music's first Spanish language release, Bethel Music En Español, singing "Por Siempre" and "Sopla Espíritu," Kalley is also featured on the Bethel Music compilations Starlight (2017), Have it All (2016) and We Will Not Be Shaken (2015).
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