California Megachurch Asks For $100,000 And Prayers To Resurrect Member’s Child
The Bethel megachurch in California is asking for prayers and $100,000 on behalf of two members whose toddler recently died, in hopes the child will be resurrected, according to Global News.
Olive Alayne, the daughter of Kalley and Andrew Heiligenthal, passed away on December 14 at the age of two, and the couple believes Jesus holds the power to bring her back from death.
Kalley is a well-known singer at the church, the news outlet reported.
“We’re asking for prayer. We believe in a Jesus who died and conclusively defeated every grave, holding the keys to resurrection power,” she wrote in a post to Instagram on Sunday. “We need it for our little Olive Alayne, who stopped breathing yesterday and has been pronounced dead by doctors.”
Kalley continued, writing, “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.”
Though the Heiligenthals did not report the cause of Olive’s death, “the Redding Police Department confirmed that they responded to a medical call early on Dec. 14,” and Sgt. Brian Torum told McClatchy News that the call “resulted in a death.”
Bill Johnson, Bethel Church’s pastor, said in a video posted Wednesday that resurrection is possible because “we have biblical precedent; Jesus raised the dead.”
The church set up a GoFundMe for the cause hoping to raise $100,000 for the Heiligenthals, without stating explicitly what the funds will be used for. As of Monday evening, the campaign had raised more than $62,000.
The fundraiser states that Olive stopped breathing in her sleep and that the church’s “desire is to bless, honor and support the family in the coming days.”
It continues: “We don’t want the parents to have any concerns over finances throughout this situation, nor do we want to limit the generosity of those who want to support the family. GoFundMe requires a “goal” however any amount for the family will be a blessing to them. All funds will go directly to the Heiligenthal family.”
Meanwhile, Kalley has been making daily posts on Instagram, saying that each day is a “good day for resurrection.”