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California Megachurch Reportedly Tried To Use Prayer To Bring 2-Year-Old Girl Back To Life


Many consider prayer to be a powerful force, but it can only go so far.

Following the unexpected death of 2 year-old Olive Alayne Heiligentahl, her parents called up their megachurch to resurrect her through the power of unified prayer.

In an Instagram post, Olive’s mother wrote:

“We’re asking for prayer. 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. 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.”

Olive reportedly stopped breathing on the evening of Saturday, December 14, after which her parents took her to a hospital in nearby Redding, California.

When doctors could not revive her, Olive was relocated to the Shasta County Coroner’s Office, but no cause of death has yet been determined.

The parents’ church, Bethel Church, issued a statement the following Wednesday, calling upon its attendees to “gather to pray for a miracle of resurrection,” the basis for which should be modeled by Jesus resurrecting Lazarus in the New Testament of the Bible, but the church reportedly compared the child to the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The statement went on to say:

“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 now meets daily in “prayer and worship gatherings which consist of singing and prayer” aimed at bringing Olive back to life. 

Though the power of a unified community can’t be understated, Olive has sadly not returned from the other side.

But her mother still holds out hope that her daughter can be brought back.

A GoFundMe page was started by the church and is attempting to raise $100,000 to help support Olive’s family with any funeral costs, medical bills and other expenses.

So far, nearly $47,000 has been collected.

The page claims all the money will eventually go to the family.


Twitter is sending love towards Olive’s family.

But they are also doubtful the power of Bethel Church’s prayer will be able to bring her back to life.

Hopefully, the Heiligenthal family finds whatever peace it’s searching for.


Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--