“When God wants to do an impossible thing,
he takes an impossible man
and crushes him.” - Alan Redpath
Dave frequently uses this quote as he shares his testimony with audiences throughout the country. And for good reason. Dave has lived these words.
In his seventh year in Major League Baseball while pitching for the San Francisco Giants, a cancerous tumor was discovered in Dave’s 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 Dravecky’s faith in God and the love He gave them through others provided the anchor they needed in the midst of their storm.
She stood by her husband when his career as pitcher for the San Francisco Giants took off. She stood by him shortly thereafter, when he was diagnosed with soft tissue cancer in his pitching arm. Jan Dravecky stayed by her husband’s side over the next years, through the surgeries, radiation and depression.
A woman who has experienced loss, Jan pushed her personal grief aside, attempting to care for her husband, two children and everyone else. When the exhaustion and depression brought on a set of panic attacks, Jan began searching for the light at the end of the dark tunnel entombing her.
Using her personal journey and life lessons to inspire and encourage others, Jan speaks at national women’s conferences, offering hope and encouragement to those who are suffering.
Dave & Jan Dravecky
Dave and Jan Dravecky founded the Outreach of Hope ministry in 1991 in response to the thousands of letters and requests they received from hurting people encouraged by the Dravecky’s faith. The mission of the ministry is to offer comfort, encouragement and hope through Jesus Christ to those who suffer from cancer, amputation or serious illness. The mission is accomplished by offering prayer support, referral services and resources for those who are suffering and their families. In addition, support materials are available for churches, healthcare professionals and individuals who work with the suffering.
Dave and Jan are also the best selling authors of eight different inspirational books in addition to publishing The Encourager, a national magazine that addresses the emotional and spiritual aspects of suffering. They were also general editors, along with Joni Eareckson Tada, of The Encouragement Bible, a specialty version of the NIV Bible. Dave has also co-authored two books on baseball, Play Ball and Called Up.