Cover Story | Conronted with the suffering around us, most people conclude they're not equipped to change the course of human existence. Some wonder if their lives make a difference at all. But throughout all of time, individuals touched by God have stood up, seemingly alone, and out of obedience and love have reached out in the name of Christ to someone hurting. Although not always visible at the moment, the results are sometimes luminous. One life lights another, and another. Francis Schaeffer's idea that there are "no little people and no little places" provides the frame for these portraits of modern-day followers of Christ. These people illuminate the landscape where they stand, reaching out, giving hope where it had been extinguished.