Their precious toddler drew her last breath on December 14, but they still believe she can be raised from the dead just like Jesus.
Parents Kalley and Andrew Heiligenthal have gone on GoFundMe calling on believers across the world to pray with them for the resurrection of two-year-old Olive Alayne.
Kalley and Andrew serve at Bethel Church in Redding where Kalley is the worship leader.
The couple say their “beautiful little girl” stopped breathing in her sleep over the weekend.
According to USA Today, the family called 911 and Olive Alayne was declared dead after paramedics failed to revive the child at home or in hospital.
The reports say her body was taken to the Shasta County Coroner's Office.
“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,” Kalley wrote on the online fundraising platform.
“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,” she pleaded.
According to the Daily Mail, the couple’s church has also released a statement.
“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.”
There’s also a #wakeupolive hashtag that the family is following.
The family has also raised $43 410 (about R651 000) so far.
While some people are supporting the couple’s stance, others think it’s a bit strange.
“God raised my son from the dead this year, and I believe he can raise this precious child as well. Come, Lord! Pray with this family!” Melissa Rogers wrote on Facebook.
Meanwhile, another commentator says he doesn’t get it.
“This is a sad situation, but God's word prepares us for death and in dealing with it. Praying for a lost loved one’s resurrection is not the way to handle grief. Bethel is a dangerous place to get your music or theology,” Adam Wyatt said.
Kalley is also still active on Instagram and not shaken by people’s comments.
“Day 5 is a really good day for resurrection. I’ve never been more grateful for Jesus. He is endlessly worthy of our love, trust, faith and risk,” she wrote on Instagram.