After 6 days of intense praying and worshipping, Bethel Church has finally accepted the fact that Olive Heiligenthal will not rise from the dead. Now, they are in the process of planning Olive's memorial service celebrating her life.
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.
Kalley Heiligenthal has been asking the local church and the church global to pray for the resurrection of her daughter. "We're asking for prayer," she said. "We believe in a Jesus who died and conclusively defeated every grave, holding the keys to resurrection power. We need it for our little Olive Alayne, who stopped breathing yesterday and has been pronounced dead by doctors. We are asking for bold, unified prayers from the global church to stand with us in belief that He will raise this little girl back to life. Her time here is not done, and it is our time to believe boldly, and with confidence wield what King Jesus paid for. It's time for her to come to life."
Yesterday, 6 days after Olive's death, Bethel Church has come to accept that Olive will not be raised from the dead. They write: "Here is where we are: Olive hasn't been raised. The breakthrough we have sought hasn't come. With the same heart of confidence in God's goodness, we receive the comfort of the Good Shepherd as Andrew, Kalley, and Olive's big sister Elsie, their family, and our church walk together through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23). And so, we are moving towards a memorial service and celebration of her life."
"Our community is being deeply impacted by the tragedy of Olive's death. As we have gone through this difficult time, we are grateful to see that faith, hope, and love have been the response. The Lord wastes nothing. He will bring beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3). The joy of our faith is that, though we haven't seen the miracle of Olive being raised, she is alive in the presence of God. Her mom and dad will see her again, and we too will join her in resurrection one day. Believers know that heaven is full of homecomings, reunions, celebration, worship, and joy. He is good, all the time."
Bethel Music's worship leader Sean Feucht adds: "As we've been praying, contending and believing for her moment of awakening, we had no idea that God was awakening us all in the process. We can never forget these prayers, these songs, this outpouring and how it's changed us all."
Meanwhile, you can help the Heiligenthals with the cost of the funeral by going to GoFundMe page.
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