God at Work
Stories of God's Greatness 

Here at Heartland we believe that our Church families have stories to tell. We believe that God is at Work all around us, and that he deserves the praise and worship of his people.

Join us as our own Church family declare through video and writing their testimony of God's greatness.


God at Work "TURN-IN OIL" By Bob Hesse
August 13th, 2019
The next day I purchased a can of 3-in-1 Oil, which now resides in my car's center console. It has caused me to be more active in talking to friends and family about how AEFC has helped my faith to grow and mature. I called a friend who recently went through a difficult divorce, took him to lunch and encouraged him to consider AEFC's Celebrate Recovery....
God at Work "AN AWAKENING PRAYER" By Greg Bomsta
August 13th, 2019
There was always beer in the fridge, outnumbering the food at times, but since the night God got my attention I have not had a desire to drink. I am sober and give the Glory to God. Thank you Lord!...
God at Work "PRAYERS ANSWERED AND SOULS SAVED" By Elaine Maurer
August 13th, 2019
I am not writing this to glorify Donald or myself. CHRIST had to change me first and brought me back in fellowship with the Father. Never quit praying for your loved ones. Never give up on your marriage. No one is ever that far down the path of sin that God cannot save them....
God at Work "COMPASSIONATE VISITING" By Bruce Berning
August 13th, 2019
Have you ever felt God at work? After years of being involved at AEFC, serving on the Welcome Team and being an Usher Coordinator, I stepped back for a while. When I retired I felt a need to get involved again. Being gone for the winter months in Florida, I wondered how could I serve? After meeting with Glen Schultz and Pastor Jeff, we realized there might be something I could do both in Annandale...
God at Work "CAN YOU RELATE TO THIS STORY?" By Hotu Hira
August 13th, 2019
The following story is a very common occurrence that has probably happened to many of us.It was about one month ago. I engaged in normal conversation while visiting with my neighbor. The topics were non-specific, normal guy talk. Then my neighbor mentioned that his kids were at church and were truly enjoying the youth programs. Wanting to engage further into the topic, I shared how fulfilling it h...
God at Work "HE WAITS UNTIL WE’RE READY" By Brad Karja
August 13th, 2019
My early childhood was a typical one. I went to church with my family, the same church where I was confirmed. My problems started at age 12. I worked with an older friend at Raceway Park in Minneapolis doing odd cleaning jobs. This friend got a bottle of whiskey from work and I stole it from him. I got drunk and passed out. I continued to work at the Park stealing liquor and getting hammered. I dr...
God at Work by: Leah Loken
August 13th, 2019
Eleven years. When I think back on how quickly my kids have grown up, the last eleven years have flown by. However, when you must wait eleven years for something that you really want, eleven years can feel like an eternity. You see, it was about eleven years ago that the pastor of our church, Pastor Denny, encouraged us to ask the Lord to place one person on our heart, and to start praying for the...
God at Work by Dennis Niemi
August 13th, 2019
When we don't actively practice our faith, it fades. When we consistently work at it, our faith grows and helps our lives become more fruitful.I was raised on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota. My folks kept us very busy growing up Methodist Youth Group, 4-H, Boy Scouts, as well as family camping trips on weekends when nothing else was scheduled. We were all confirmed and went to church and Sun...
God at Work by: Mike Erickson
August 13th, 2019
The Lord prepares us for a Ministry, but it sometimes takes awhile to recognize the calling. A good part of my work career was as a correctional officer. Working in a corrections facility you experience many different situations and a wide variety of people and attitudes. While on duty as an officer we were not allowed to pray with prisoners, but we could provide them with Bibles and tell them abo...
God at Work "My New Journey—Blessed Findings" By Liz Knese
August 13th, 2019
It all started when my lovely and precious mother in-law gave me a DNA test kit through Ancestry.com this past Christmas. I thought…cool, I’ll find out what my blood line is. I really didn’t think much else would come from it, but God had other plans. Not only did I find out about my blood line, but I also found that I had a first cousin (male). Ancestry said they were 100% sure of this.As some of...
God at Work "How a Rebel Found a Cause with the Help of the Lord" By: Shelley Karja
August 13th, 2019
I was raised a Catholic and enjoyed going to church with my father. I always believed in God, but as a teenager I put my trust in my judgement rather than following Jesus' direction.I became a rebel, started smoking pot at 15-16 years of age, which led to drugs and some alcohol. I hooked up with a guy my parents did not approve of, and I would not listen to them. I ran away from home, ending up in...
God at Work "Why Me?" by: Cindy Kloeppner
August 13th, 2019
I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, while my father served on an army base. We traveled often, moving from base to base. At age 9 my parents divorced. My father disconnected from us for the next 17 years while he went on to start a new family. My mother raised my sister, my brother, and I as best she could, alone and often with very little income. We attended a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, where I...
God at Work "The Battle Between Free Will and God’s Sovereignty" by Matt Marohn
August 13th, 2019
I can’t tell you how long I sat there, amazed at what just happened. All I can say is this; two of us in that room were now at peace. Dad was now calm and never resisted again. That was the last of it; and interestingly, even though his memory was short, we never had to have that conversation again. As for me, I never had that conversation with God again. In a way only God could orchestrate, He t...
God at Work by DJ Welteroth
August 13th, 2019
The Bible, particularly the Old Testament, relates to me in many instances as…  God tests an individual  God blesses an individual  God uses an individual to bless others Most people I know have lifelong friendships, or people who have been in their lives for many years. I don’t have relationships like that, mostly because I learned that vulnerability was something that caused pain and people s...
God at Work "Go therefore and Make Disciples" by Gene Elfering
August 13th, 2019
That’s my letter. It’s pretty simple but I’ve said what I might have forgotten had I witnessed in person. I’ve written to family members, friends and just people that I know and sometimes I write to people that I don’t know. I once sent one of my letters to the owner of a pornography business. Did I make an impact? Who knows? I’m just in the business of installing rocks....
God at Work - Shari Miller - A Father to the Fatherless
August 13th, 2019
My heavenly Father has been so faithful to me over the years. This verse is so true: “A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:5. My mom, siblings and I never lacked for anything; God always provided for us. ...