We have another story that reinforces the adage that you have to be careful what you wish, or pray, for. Hannah Gastonguay, 26, and her husband Sean, (and his father) took their two young children on a small boat to leave the United States to “see where God led us.” The family opposed what they viewed as the lack of religious freedom in the United States and set out to find a new home on the tiny island nation of Kiribati. Instead, they found themselves battered for weeks in powerful storms that left them adrift with little food or water. They were finally rescued, taken to Chile, and now plan to return to Arizona.
The small boat held Hannah, her 30-year-old husband Sean, his father Mike, and the couple’s daughters, 3-year-old Ardith and baby Rahab. It was a considerable risk when they set sail from San Diego. They were eventually found by a Venezuelan fishing vessel and then transferred to a Japanese cargo ship which took them to Chile. Once in Chile, the godless American government that they were fleeing arranged for tickets to take them back to Arizona.
Hannah Gastonguay said that they wanted to leave a country where they felt Christians were being forced to support “abortion, homosexuality, in the state-controlled church.” They also objected to being “forced to pay these taxes that pay for abortions we don’t agree with.” She insisted that “[t]he Bible is pretty clear.” That led them to set out to move to an island and put themselves in God’s hands. They would be adrift for 91 days but insisted that they never lost faith “God would see us through.” They don’t blame God for the storms and instead insist that “[b]eing out on that boat, I just knew I was going to see some miracles.” Result: the trip proved that God had a plan all along for them
Hannah says that they are now planning to go back to Arizona and “come up with a new plan.” God only knows what that will be.