This is the story of our miracle baby. His name was Marcus Edward Haney…………
It started on June 10th, 1995. He was born 13 weeks premature with only a 50% chance of survival. He weighed 3 lbs 2.7 ounces and spent the first 6 weeks of his life in the NICU. A close family friend said at that moment he was one of the most prayed for babies to ever been born. That was just the beginning!!!!
As Marcus grew into a toddler then a young child he was always deep in thought and full of love for others. It was at the young age of 9 he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. It was the morning of his 1st day of 3rd grade that a friend shared Philippians 4:13 with him. Marcus was starting a new school and was incredibly nervous. His friend shared this verse that states “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. From that moment … this was his life verse. Whether it was a test at school, trouble with peers or playing a game of baseball he always relied on this verse and the Lord to bring strength and courage in all situations.
As a middle school student Marcus found social situations to be uncomfortable. He was committed to his relationship with the Lord and living his life accordingly. Those middle and high school years can be difficult for all students. Add a commitment to follow the Lord and one can find there aren’t may other kids like you. This is when Marcus poured his life into his youth group. Once telling his mom that it was the only thing he looked forward to during the week. By the time Marcus was a sophomore in high school, his youth group was his world. His parents hosted a group of teens for Monday Night Football and Bible Study. He attended youth activities both Wednesday and Sunday and found himself hanging out with his friends from youth group any spare time he had between school, baseball and his family.
Throughout his youth, baseball was his life. He played it, read about it, watched it, studied it. He was a student of game and had a passion for being on the field. This passion and desire is what got him through two serious shoulder injuries in high school, and earned him a scholarship to play NAIA baseball for Midland University in Fremont, Ne. He had always dreamed of playing college ball, and that dream had come true. However, his shoulder couldn’t handle the rigorous work necessary to be successful at the college level, so after one semester Marcus gave up baseball and focused on getting his education.
In the spring/summer of 2015, he got his first apartment with one of his high school buddies, starting volunteering as a leader for the youth group he was once a part of at StoneBridge Christian Church, got a full time job, and made the decision to transfer to Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, KS. There he was going to study Psychology and Biblical Studies with the intention of getting into law enforcement after graduation. In preparation for that move, he had refocused on his walk with Christ and was preparing himself for a Christian College experience.
Sadly, this is where Marcus’ life story ends…. Around 9:27pm on December 23, 2015 his life ended tragically as a result of a single car accident in which he was the passenger. It was a tragedy that should have never occurred, but it did. He was only 20 years old. His family was, and still is, heartbroken and miss him horribly…but they have a solid marriage/family that is centered/focused on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They WILL NOT be broken and are committed to honoring God and keeping Marcus’ memory alive by providing faith building opportunities to other youth through p4:13 Ministries. But they can not do it alone, please consider joining them on this mission by supporting p4:13 financially.