Endurance with Jan & Dave Dravecky

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Endurance is a ministry which provides faith based resources to help meet the emotional and spiritual needs of suffering people, especially those who suffer from cancer or amputation.

The vision of Endurance is three-fold :

  • To continue the ministry of encouragement to those suffering from cancer, amputation, or serious illness and to perform that ministry with integrity and excellence.
  • To encourage and train Christians to respond as Christ did to those who are hurting by making Endurance's ministry model of encouragement available through multimedia resources and seminars.
  • To come alongside health professionals and provide resources for them and their patients that deal with the emotional and spiritual aspects of living with cancer, amputation, or serious illness.

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO BOX 1912
SALINA, KS 67401

Website: www.endurance.org

Phone: 800.295.5880

Email: info@endurance.org

Organization details

EIN: 841316939

CEO/President: Mr. Dave Dravecky

Chairman: Don Christensen

Board size: 12

Founder: Dave and Jan Dravecky

Year founded: 1991

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Endurance is a ministry which provides faith based resources to help meet the emotional and spiritual needs of suffering people, especially those who suffer from cancer or amputation.

Endurance provides resources that offer guidance and encouragement to cancer patients, amputees and their families, and others dealing with serious illness. The Encourager magazine is the organization's primary resource for communicating encouragement and hope. It is sent free of charge to thousands of hurting individuals and their families, churches, cancer organizations and health professionals. Each issue, which comes out three times per year, deals with a theme directly relating to the struggles of those living with affliction. In addition, books, pamphlets and gifts are available to meet the unique needs of those who suffer, including resources for caregivers, children and support persons.

Endurance also offers prayer support for those who suffer and their families through our intercessory prayer teams. Connecting people to God through prayer is at the heart of what the organization does and believes. Only God can meet the deepest needs of those who hurt.

In addition, Professional Support Materials are available for churches, health professionals, cancer support groups, and individuals who work with those who suffer, especially those who suffer from cancer, amputation, or serious illness. Resources range from a Cancer Support Group packet to Resource Library materials to Guidelines on Praying For Those Who Suffer.

Dave Dravecky has been speaking professionally for the past decade, delivering inspirational and motivational speeches to a wide variety of audiences across the country. Through his personal experience, he addresses loss and suffering, faith, encouragement and hope, reaching out to others, and saying goodbye to the past. Jan Dravecky also shares her story of walking alongside Dave, experiencing the heights and depths of joy and despair, faith and doubt, intimacy and aloneness during his battle with cancer and the subsequent amputation of his pitching arm. While in the midst of their journey, Jan found herself fighting a crippling depression that refused to lift. She shares her own "comeback" story with honesty and candor, providing a glimpse of how Jan went from being a "woman in control" to a woman under God's control.

Mission statement

Endurance offers provision through the journey of suffering. We accomplish this as we:

  • Offer comfort by validating the emotional, relational and spiritual challenges encountered on the journey of suffering
  • Offer encouragement through a Biblical perspective of suffering.
  • Offer the ultimate hope found only in Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

Endurance expresses its faith as follows:

Core Beliefs


We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that by voluntary disobedience, fell from perfection. Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned-- Romans 5:12

We believe that spiritual death, pain and suffering are a result of that fall. To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."

To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' ?"Cursed is the ground because of you; ?through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.

By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; ?for dust you are and to dust you will return."

Genesis 3:16-19

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His atoning death and His bodily resurrection.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

John 1:1-2

You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"

The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.

Luke 1:31-35

Such a high priest meets our need--one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

Hebrews 7:26-27

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

Matthew 28:5-7

We believe that it is through faith in Jesus Christ alone that man finds forgiveness for his sins and receives the gift of eternal life.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9


We believe our call is to comfort others, as we were comforted so that they too will experience patient endurance.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

2 Corinthians 1:3-6
We believe our call is to steward our story and the stories of others as we bring comfort, encourage and offer hope to those on the journey of suffering.

Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. Psalm 66:16

The disciples came up and asked, "Why do you tell stories?"

He replied, "You've been given insight into God's kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn't been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That's why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they're blue in the face and not get it. I don't want Isaiah's forecast repeated all over again: Your ears are open but you don't hear a thing. Your eyes are awake but you don't see a thing. The people are blockheads! ?They stick their fingers in their ears so they won't have to listen; they screw their eyes shut so they won't have to look, so they won't have to deal with me face-to-face and let me heal them.

Matthew 13:10-15 (The Message)

We believe endurance for the journey is found through an eternal perspective.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

We believe that we are to love others as Christ loves us.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

John 13:34

We believe we are to love others in deed and in Truth. Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

1 John 3:18

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Romans 12:9-13

We believe there is a time to mourn and weep on the journey of suffering. As an act of love, we are called not to remove their pain but to help them endure the pain by walking alongside them on their journey - giving them permission to weep - weeping with them -helping them carry their burdens.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4

...weep with those who weep.

Romans 12:15

Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

We believe that everyone will suffer on his or her life journey and that the Scripture forewarns us that each one of us will suffer.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

1 Peter 4:12

We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God's fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them. In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.

1 Thessalonians 3:2-4

We believe there are five reasons in the Scripture why we suffer.

  1. We suffer because we live in a fallen world. Genesis 3
  2. We suffer due to the consequences of our own sin. 2 Samuel 12:1-19
  3. We suffer due to the consequences of the sins of others. 2 Samuel 18
  4. We suffer due to the work of Satan. Job 1 & 2, 1 Peter 5:8-9
  5. We suffer at the hand of God.

God disciplines His Children He loves. Hebrews 12

There are times God calls His children to suffer. John 9:1-3

We believe the suffering process is not a "pretty" process nor should we expect it to be. When we suffer, not only do we have the pain of the affliction but we may also experience anger, fear, doubt, depression and we question God, often times resulting in guilt. We do not view these as weaknesses but in many instances, steps to a deeper faith.

King David

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?

How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?

How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, O LORD my God.

Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, "I have overcome him," and my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.

Psalm 13

Asaph (Worship Leader)

This is what the wicked are like--always carefree, they increase in wealth.

Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.

All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.

If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed your children.

When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me

till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.

Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.

How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!

As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise,

O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.

When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,

I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.

You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:12-26

In the suffering process, the weaknesses of our flesh and the weaknesses in relationships will rise to the surface, be exposed and tested. The suffering process is a refining process - exposing our impurities, which enables the "Refiner" to remove them from our life - a necessary step on our Spiritual journey.

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

Job 23:10

See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

Isaiah 48:10

These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Peter 1:7

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

We believe there is purpose in our sufferings and that all things work together so that we may become more like Jesus Christ.

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Romans 5:3-5

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 8:28-29

Endure hardship as discipline; No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 12:7,11

We believe that in our darkest moments God reveals His deepest truths through the Holy Spirit.

I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

Isaiah 45:3

However, as it is written:"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:9-10

We do believe that we are to intercede in prayer for those on the journey of suffering and that God hears us when we pray for the afflicted.

and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.

Psalm 50:15

O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Isaiah 30:19-21

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

Romans 8:26-27

We do believe that God heals and consider it a privilege to pray for healing for the sick.

Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

James 5:14-16

We do believe in praying for healing or for the removal of trial and affliction but then ask that God's will be done just as Jesus asked in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.

Luke 22:42

We believe that we will all die physically.

Just as man is destined to die once...

Hebrews 9:27

By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.

Genesis 3:19

there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die,

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

We believe that all who believe in Jesus Christ will be resurrected and have eternal life.

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

1 John 5:11-13

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.

1 Corinthians 15:42-44

We believe the Christian's eternal home is in heaven.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Peter 1:3-5

In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.

John 14:2-4

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

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Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating787 of 91353 of 65
Fund acquisition rating852 of 91557 of 65
Resource allocation rating727 of 91553 of 65
Asset utilization rating428 of 91326 of 65

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$117,950$137,484$148,386$38,480$44,408
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$278,171$260,756$283,042$157,953$185,442
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,977$10,896$17,399$17,155$2,603
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$4,977$10,896$17,399$17,155$2,603
Total assets$283,148$271,652$300,441$175,108$188,045
Payables and accrued expenses$6,591$5,840$6,071$6,023$3,734
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$6,591$5,840$6,071$6,023$3,734
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$6,591$5,840$6,071$6,023$3,734
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$276,557$265,812$294,370$169,085$184,311
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$276,557$265,812$294,370$169,085$184,311
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$324,863$250,063$426,463$259,440$333,263
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$424($27)$28$0$0
Other revenue$19,513$27,633($13,202)$2,084$2,902
Total other revenue$19,937$27,606($13,174)$2,084$2,902
Total revenue$344,800$277,669$413,289$261,524$336,165
Program services$241,824$208,351$194,096$185,876$179,031
Management and general$47,869$44,807$40,410$37,374$41,180
Total expenses$334,055$306,227$288,004$276,743$271,654
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$10,745($28,558)$125,285($15,219)$64,511
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$10,745($28,558)$125,285($15,219)$64,511


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Dave and Jan Dravecky were first thrust into the public spotlight in the late 1980's when Dave's career took off as a major league baseball pitcher, a "southpaw" for the San Francisco Giants. Shortly after realizing his lifelong dream, Dave was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer in the deltoid muscle of his pitching arm. The next years were a whirlwind of surgery, radiation, pain and depression, all in the glaring light of the media. Eventually, Dave's arm was amputated to stop the spread of the cancer and save his life. Through it all, Dave and Jan's faith in God and the love He gave them through others provided the anchor they needed in the midst of their storm. Dave and Jan founded the Outreach of Hope in 1991 in response to the thousands of letters and requests they received from hurting people encouraged by the Dravecky's faith. The overwhelming needs expressed in these heartfelt letters formed the basis of the ministry offered by the Outreach of Hope today.

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