On Friday, December 27, 2019, Bethel Church and its community gathered for the funeral of Olive Heiligenthal. Olive, the daughter of worship leader Kalley Heiligenthal, died on December 14 after she stopped breathing.
Following Olive's death, Kalley put out a call to believers worldwide asking for prayer for the resurrection of her daughter. Bethel Church, in agreement with Kalley, writes: "Since learning the news of two-year old Olive Heiligenthal's sudden death, we have sought a miracle from God to raise her from the dead." Unfortnately, Olive did not resurrect from the dead and the church conducted her funeral service almost two weeks after her death.
Bethel Worship's Jenn Johnson reports about the funeral. "Yesterday," she wrote, "our community buried little Olive Heiligenthal. The past two weeks I've been at a loss for words. Four of the past five years, Brian and I have contented for life with someone on our team or family during the holidays. One lived, three died."
Johnson wrote that she wasn't "angry" with God, but "at the great loss for our family at the holidays."
Olive's mother, Kalley Heiligenthal says, "Olive, we miss you, love you so much and we'll see you soon. We know now more than ever that King Jesus is good and His every word is worth believing and following at any cost. That's the song we'll sing until we're with you again and we finally sing it together. We cannot wait."
"It's a new day, and we're awake for it. This is a victory story," she concluded.
A GoFundMe campaign page has been set up to benefit the Heiligenthal family. The crowdfunding page has received more than $72,000 in donations.
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