Religious family that doesn’t believe in abortion, homosexuality abandons U.S., gets lost at sea

By on August 12, 2013
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A Northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion will fly back home Sunday.

Hannah Gastonguay, 26, said Saturday that she and her husband “decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us” when they took their two small children and her father-in-law and set sail from San Diego for the tiny island nation of Kiribati in May.

But just weeks into their journey, the Gastonguays hit a series of storms that damaged their small boat, leaving them adrift for weeks, unable to make progress. They were eventually picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel, transferred to a Japanese cargo ship and taken to Chile where they are resting in a hotel in the port city of San Antonio.

Their flights home were arranged by U.S. Embassy officials, Gastonguay said. The U.S. State Department was not immediately available for comment.

The months long journey has been “pretty exciting” and “little scary at certain points,” Gastonguay told The Associated Press by telephone.

She said they wanted to go to Kiribati because “we didn’t want to go anywhere big.” She said they understood the island to be “one of the least developed countries in the world.”

Kiribati is a group of islands just off the equator and the international date line about halfway between Hawaii and Australia. The total population is just over 100,000 people of primarily Micronesian descent.

Hannah Gastonguay said her family was fed up with government control in the U.S. As Christians they don’t believe in “abortion, homosexuality, in the state-controlled church,” she said.

U.S. “churches aren’t their own,” Gastonguay said, suggesting that government regulation interfered with religious independence.

Among other differences, she said they had a problem with being “forced to pay these taxes that pay for abortions we don’t agree with.”

The Gastonguays weren’t members of any church, and Hannah Gastonguay said their faith came from reading the Bible and through prayer.

“The Bible is pretty clear,” she said.

The family moved in November from Ash Fork, Arizona, to San Diego, where they lived on their boat as they prepared to set sail. She said she gave birth to the couple’s 8-month-old girl on the boat, which was docked in a slip at the time.

In May, Hannah, her 30-year-old husband Sean, his father Mike, and the couple’s daughters, 3-year-old Ardith and baby Rahab set off. They wouldn’t touch land again for 91 days, she said.

She said at first, “We were cruising.”

But within a couple of weeks “when we came out there, storm, storm, storm.”

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  • Cobber Campbell

    My family have been considering leaving the anti Christian media and government in Australia who are always pointing hatred towards Christians who are verbal and show love of God openly.We are looking to move to a nation that is God fearing and morally right not morally corrupt .Is there sucha nation? Tell me where?

    • frankfan42

      Cobber- the one that seems to officially walk the walk and talk the talk these days is—–Russia. Who would have thought? Surely there are other countries that espouse to be Christian. I would like to know also—and surely there are Christians on here who know, please share with us

      • Thomas

        I can only applaud Russia for their stance against the sexually psychotic, but other than that, they are still unjust rulers over their own people, just as surely as America is ruled by the unjust. There is an order to the not so “New” World Disorder: The Revelation of Jesus Christ.
        Obey Acts 2:38
        Obey Luke 22:36

    • Thomas

      See my advice above. There is no other nation, so rather than running scared, get some salt back into you, and be ready to fight on whatever terms confrontations present themselves. Yes, there is a nation; you should rule your house, as your nation, and DARE TO BE NOAH!! God Bless.

      • Cobber Campbell

        thanks as in the days of “noah,” gross darkness will cove rthe earth sawa God Tv show today a book The blackness Arising,was the title arevival in darkness witchcraft etc.

    • CW Steinle

      Here is a site that shows Christianity in the world by country. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_by_country I have this link on my comeoutofhermypeople website or you can copy and paste it.
      Greece is very Christian. Like Russia, Greece is mainly Orthodox – but not many Roman Catholic. South America and much of North Africa are also highly populated by Christians

      • Cobber Campbell

        Thanks CW Samoa is too Australia wa sclassedas the wickedest nation in the world on TV when I was in Florida USA in 2008 .
        I will check the site out that you sent mate!

  • frankfan42

    Thank God they are okay, literally. Sad that they felt so isolated in our own country. But Christianity is under fire, and will likely get worse over time. God Bless ya

  • Thomas

    They should have obeyed Luke 22:36 “…let him that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one…” If you had a sword in those days, you were as well armed as any of Caesar’s SWAT Teams. The word “gun” did not exist in the vocabulary back them, though gun fire is described in Revelation 9:17 in relation to “horsemen” with three distinguishing colors: red, blue, and yellow. These are all police colors, as the 6th Trumpet is the police-state in the US. Since these are as “the days of Noah” in many respects, getting away from it all and setting sail, is not the proper “ark” to be building. Now there are probably some limp-wristed televangelist fed apostates out there that will say to me “Jesus meant a spiritual sword,” even though the context of the surrounding verses clearly means a real one. They should have spent the money on guns, ammo, food, and other supplies to take care of their family. After all:

    “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” 1 Timothy 5:8NIV

    “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” NASB

    “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” KJV
    So for any of you who think that “prepping” is not being found in Faith, think again!! Providing for your own, especially those of your household, is showing your Faith, by your works, because you are then acting upon your belief and knowledge that these are as Jesus Christ said, “as the days of Noah.”
    DARE TO BE A NOAH!!

    • Cobber Campbell

      YES we have to do that I am after a farm of 100 acres to do the the true fast Isaiah ch 58v7-10

  • frankfan42

    Cobber, I think there is a concerted effort by the staff at trunews to awaken folks to the times we are living in. I pray about it and try to do my part. You are right, but sadly it is very difficult to awaken those who refuse to see the truth, and actually get hostile towards it. Keep the faith Cobber!