Skip to comments.U.S. megachurch seeks $100K, prayers to ‘resurrect’ singer’s dead child
Posted on 12/23/2019 11:22:12 AM PST by Gamecock
A Christian megachurch in California is soliciting prayers and US$100,000 in donations on behalf of two of its members, who are holding out hope that Jesus will resurrect their recently deceased toddler.
Kalley and Andrew Heiligenthal say their daughter, Olive Alayne, passed away on Dec. 14 at the age of two.
Kalley is a well-known singer at the Bethel megachurch in Redding, Calif., and she shared the news of her family tragedy with her 262,000 followers on Instagram Sunday.
Were asking for prayer. We believe in a Jesus who died and conclusively defeated every grave, holding the keys to resurrection power, she wrote in the post.
We need it for our little Olive Alayne, who stopped breathing yesterday and has been pronounced dead by doctors.
The post goes on to ask 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.
More than 151,000 people had liked the post and another 16,000 users left comments by Thursday. A majority of the comments encouraged her to keep hoping for the childs resurrection.
Her cause of death has not been released. However, the Redding Police Department confirmed that they responded to a medical call early on Dec. 14. It resulted in a death, Sgt. Brian Torum told McClatchy News.
The Heiligenthals are clearly being encouraged by the Bethel Church, a powerful Christian organization in Redding that claims to have approximately 11,000 followers and nearly half a million fans on Facebook. Bethel also has its own TV service, music label and media wing, and its in the middle of building a $96-million campus for itself in Redding.
The Bethel Church says it recently held its first-ever prayer service dedicated to a persons resurrection. The groups pastor, Bill Johnson, explained in a video on Wednesday that resurrection is possible because we have biblical precedent; Jesus raised the dead.
Johnson did not say how long the church would pray for a resurrection.
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, the church told the Redding Record and Spotlight newspaper on Tuesday.
The girls body has been at the Shasta County Coroners Office since it was transferred there from the hospital on Dec. 14, Bethel Church told local station KRCR News.
The church has set up a GoFundMe page to raise US$100,000 for the family, although it does not specify exactly what the cash will be used for. The campaign had raised more than $44,000 by Thursday afternoon.
The GoFundMe page quotes Kalley Heiligenthals post about resurrecting her daughter, then calls for people to help bless, honour and support the family in the coming days.
We have set up a gofundme in an effort to support the Heiligenthals, wrote organizer Peter Mattis. Please join us with your prayer, your solidarity and your financial support.
GoFundMe says the campaign is not in violation of its terms of service.
The campaign story is clear in that the funds are for financial support for the Heiligenthal family, and the family is entitled to use the funds for a memorial service of their choice, the fundraising platform told Global News in a statement.
Bethel Church told KRCR that the page was set up to cover unknown expenses for the family during this time as well as future expenses for their child, who is still deceased.
The church and the Heiligenthals have drawn sharp criticism from some individuals who have accused them of trying to make money off the tragedy. Some have also chastized the church for encouraging an impossible goal, rather than helping the Heiligenthals deal with their unfortunate reality.
This is either lunacy or a giant scam in the making, Twitter user @5thTMNT wrote on Tuesday.
This is so sad, tweeted author Chrissy Stroop. I have observed firsthand people getting psychologically destroyed, for years, because they didnt get an expected miracle. Waiting for a resurrection, though, is next level unhealthy. But they also have a GoFundMe seeking $100,000 for what?
Kalley Heiligenthal has been posting daily messages on Instagram, saying that each day is a good day for resurrection.
Tens of thousands of people have replied to her posts. Many offer messages of support. Others have expressed sympathy for the couples loss while pointing out that their expectations might be unrealistic.
Is she currently on life support? one person wrote. Just curious on how that works logistically if shes been pronounced dead?
So sad is the perversion of scripture.
So, this church is using the pain and grief of others as a fundraising gimmick. Shame.
This is a scandal.
I think this family has stopped soliciting any funds and is preparing for the funeral. They collected over $60K!
I don’t know what they plan to do with all that money.
The nicest person in the world can be tempted by greed when faced with a Big Money Bomb. I hope they do the right thing and give the $ back.
No doubt the parents are in a profound state of grief right now. That church is definitely not helping address that.
Pastor must need to buy his wife a new Mercedes for Christmas.
I can imagine people being out of their right minds with grief, but their church is supporting this? And.. the girl “stopped breathing”? What happened? Too strange, too sketchy.
The spirit of antichrist revealed right where one would expect, in a mega church of dead souls who will be taken in by signs and wonders.
Megachurches - The biggest con artists around.
I followed Mark Marks, who runs a "healing ministry" whose primary "miracle" seems to be the leg-lengthing trick. When challenged on the effect of his particular prayers, the answer is: "So, you don't believe God can heal?"
I was a member of a healing church for years. I took what they had to say with a grain of salt, because I did believe that Holy Spirit was working, often in spite of the leadership. Finally I realized I would need a whole salt mine to buy what they were selling.
Not to me - I can't see any 'church' using such a thing to raise money. What a perversion of Scripture!
What the Hell?
On life support? ... at the coroner’s office? Likely she is in refrigeration preservation.
And there, in my opinion, is the central issue. Worship is NOT so that you can feel better about yourself; it is to give thanks and praise to God.
When a church reduces the gospel to being about what it can do for you, you're lost - or at least missing out on one of the most important aspects of Christianity; the turning of your hearts to Jesus and focusing on Him instead of yourself.
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