En•dur•ance—noun. The ability to bear pain or hardship. The strength to continue despite fatigue, stress or other adverse conditions.
Shortly after realizing his lifelong dream of being a major league baseball pitcher—a “southpaw” for the San Francisco Giants—Dave Dravecky was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer in the deltoid muscle of his pitching arm. After surgeons cut and removed a section of his deltoid muscle, Dave was told that outside of a miracle, he would never pitch again. Unwilling to give up his dream, he fought back—and fought back hard. Just nine months after surgery, Dave once again stepped onto the mound to pitch a winning game for the Giants.
Our excitement of his comeback ended just five days later when Dave’s arm broke in mid-pitch. The next years were a whirlwind of surgery, radiation, pain, depression, and eventually amputation—all in the glaring light of the media.
It was a lonely, agonizing journey—more difficult than we ever could have imagined. We experienced the heights and depths of joy and despair, faith and doubt, intimacy and loneliness.
But our journey of suffering was not hopeless. Through it we discovered the power of endurance—not in our own ability, but in the comfort, encouragement and hope that God provides.
In response to thousands of letters and requests we received from hurting people across the nation, we established a nonprofit organization in 1991. To this day, the ministry of Endurance continues to offer provision through the journey of suffering for those who are facing serious illness, loss or depression.
Suffering isn’t pretty. It makes its mark on our lives—and we are never the same again. From this point forward, the road is riddled with hard questions, to which there are no easy answers. With agony, we often carry the added burden of the expectation that we must be brave or faithful or strong. We feel as if we can’t really let others know the hard truth: suffering isn’t pretty—it’s a train wreck.
On this site, you will find a wealth of print, audio and video materials that provide a biblical perspective on adversity and give guidance and encouragement through the emotional, relational and spiritual challenges encountered every day—sometimes every moment on the path of suffering.
Please use the navigation bar to the left to access Endurance Resources, services, to donate to the ministry or to get in touch with us.
On the journey with you,
Jan and Dave Dravecky
Endurance, formerly Dave Dravecky’s Outreach of Hope, is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 1991. Endurance resources are available in English and may be purchased for personal, educational or religious use; all proceeds benefit Endurance. We currently ship materials to addresses within the U.S. and Canada.