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The Pastor's Heart - #WakeUpOlive - A Reaction - Teresa and Dan Lee, Andrew Barry & Dominic Steele

How to pastorally approach the death of a little child?

We are having this conversation with three pastors who have had children die, because around the Christian world and in the secular press there has been discussion about the death of two year old Olive Aylne, the daughter of Andrew and Kalley Heiligenthal, who are key figures at the Bethel Church in Reading California. Immediately after Olive’s death her parents called for people to pray for her to be resurrected. The call has sparked a social media movement #wakeupolive, which has been endorsed by many Pentecostal leaders. We attempt to serve those who might be grappling with the death of a loved one or just may be thinking #wakeupolive doesn't seem to be right way of handling a little girl’s death, but aren’t able to properly articulate why.’

Teresa and Dan Lee are on staff at MBM Rooty Hill and Andrew Barry is from Janalli Anglican Church. Kalley Heiligenthal’s original instagram post said, “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."" Kalley later posted, “Day three is a really good day for resurrection.”

On Day seven, Bethel released a statement acknowledging that, ‘we haven’t seen the miracle of Olive being raised,’ and that 'we are moving towards a memorial service and celebration of her life.’

Length: 34mins

The Pastor’s Heart is a new Australian weekly interview program with a senior Australian pastor. Each week at 2pm on Tuesdays (Sydney time) Dominic Steele will speak live with a senior Australian pastor and take questions live via Facebook from other pastors and ministry leaders. You can submit your questions either beforehand or live at Or see more at

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Keywords:Bethel Churches, Resurrection, Wake up Olive, Kalley Heiligenthal, Olive Aylne, Andrew Heiligenthal