The devout, California Christian couple who hoped that their dead, two-year-old daughter could be resurrected through faith and prayer have now decided to move forward with funeral arrangement.
The decision was announced a week following the death of Andrew and Kalley Heiligenthal’s two-year-old daughter, Olive Alayne Heiligenthal, stopped breathing in her sleep early December 14.
‘Over the past week, the Bethel Church community, both local and global, has come together at the request of Andrew and Kalley Heiligenthal to pray for [Olive’s] resurrection,’ a Bethel Redding church spokesperson said in a statement Friday.
‘We have done this in accordance with the Bible, the basis for which is modeled by Jesus in the New Testament. As a church, we have been contending for, singing about, and witnessing God’s power to save and heal for over fifty years. It is normal for us to ask, trust Him, and then glorify His name regardless of the outcome.
‘At this time, the family has chosen to move towards a memorial service for Olive,’ the statement read, noting that the family is ‘incredibly thankful for the prayers and support that the community has shown as they and thousands of people have been believing for a miracle.’
A Bethel Redding Facebook post revealing the Heiligenthal’s decision to put an end to their resurrection prayers and begin funeral arrangements for Olive noted in part that, ‘In this situation, grief has not been avoided.’
‘Faith isn’t denial of the facts or of our emotions, it is knowing that God cares and intervenes in the midst of them,’ the church stated.
‘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.’
The more than $61,700 which has been donated to a GoFundMe set up by Bethel Redding church leaders to help the Heiligenthals pay for unexpected expenses will now be used to help cover Olive’s funeral costs and the family’s living expenses.
On December 14, the Heiligenthals, who live in Redding, California, called 911 after Olive stopped breathing. Paramedics rushed her to the hospital, where she was declared dead.
Church officials told DailyMail.com that Olive’s body has been at the Shasta County Coroner’s Office since it was transferred there from the hospital on December 14.
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Source: Daily Mail