Religious Family Abandons US ... Act of God Sends It Right Back
Sailed away to avoid gov't control
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2013 2:04 PM CDT
Mike Gastonguay disembarks in the port city of San Antonio, Chile, followed by his son Sean, top left in beige shirt, daughter-in-law Hannah, and the couple's children.   (AP Photo/Las Ultimas Noticias)

(Newser) – Fed up with what they saw as government interference in religion, an Arizona family decided to abandon America, get on a boat, and "see where God led us." Turns out, God led them ... right back to the US. Make of that what you will. The family, Hannah Gastonguay, 26, husband Sean, 30, his father Mike, and their 3-year-old and 8-month-old daughters, had originally planned to reach the island nation of Kiribati, but after just a few weeks at sea, their boat had been hit by multiple storms, and was so damaged they could no longer go on. The family was eventually picked up by a Venezuelan fishing boat, and was taken to Chile, where the US embassy is sending them back home, the AP reports.

By the time the five family members were rescued, they were down to "some juice and some honey" and whatever fish they could catch, but they "didn't feel like we were going to die or anything. We believed God would see us through," says Hannah Gastonguay. "They were looking for a kind of adventure; they wanted to live on a Polynesian island but they didn't have sufficient expertise to navigate adequately," says the police officer who took their statement in Chile. The Gastonguays say they will now return to Arizona and "come up with a new plan."

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One_Neely
Aug 13, 2013 5:49 PM CDT
Remember how it says in god we trust... How many people still actually believe that...? I do how many people still don't believe in god, an with this god kept them safe by keeping them alive an said I'm still here, The government has casted out are religion... just like time an time again...Power an money... sad times when The Rapture comes will see who's mocking who.... Repent still can.
heyzeus
Aug 12, 2013 11:14 AM CDT
What 'government interference" were they alluding too? What could they possibly have been doing (speaking to air molecules? invisible, matter-deprived beings? pink elephants? engaging in insane, convulsive behavior such as the nutty pentecostals) that the government interfered with?
Spudsy
Aug 12, 2013 10:05 AM CDT
So they now consider the US Embassy to be god. Those dimwits will believe anything.