Heartbroken parents of girl who died suddenly believe prayer can bring her 'back to life'
A grieving mother and father whose daughter died suddenly last week are using prayer to attempt to bring the child back to life.
Andrew and Kalley Heiligenthal’s two-year-old daughter, Olive, stopped breathing last Friday, and then shortly passed away. She currently rests at a nearby coroner's office.
Now, the parents and other members of Bethel Church in Redding, California, have taken to praying and singing in a bid to revive the child. Kalley started a GoFundMe page, where she explained the effort.
"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," she wrote.
"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."
A statement issued from the church states that the parents asks for "friends, family, and others from the church gather to pray for a miracle of resurrection (the basis for which is modeled by Jesus in the New Testament of the Bible). 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."
Speaking to USA Today, Church spokesman Aaron Tesauro, conceded that efforts to resurrect Olive are scientifically impossible.
"There are references to resurrection in the Bible, and we believe that with God, nothing is impossible, even things like resurrection. Although at Bethel, this is the first public gathering of prayer for resurrection that I have seen in the over 10 years I’ve attended the church," he said.