He splits his time between Mankato, Minnesota, and Kalona, Iowa, where his son lives. His enthusiasm is contagious. Werner has friends and helpers in both towns who pitch in on a regular basis. While in Iowa, he once recruited members of the adult Vacation Bible School at Zion Lutheran Church to assemble about 500 kits in a week.
Werner is quick to turn the attention to the children around the world who benefit from his work. Standing next to a photo of a young girl from Central America who had received an LWR School Kit, Werner broke down in tears. "The girl in the picture is probably six or seven years old," he said. "It might be the first time she gets a School Kit. And the picture on that poster inspires me every day."