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11-08-2013, 02:14 PM
Trusting in God's Guidance
From NPR:

Family Rescued In Pacific After Sailing 'Where God Led Us'

Quote:A leap of faith that sent an Arizona family bound for the South Pacific in a sailboat has returned them in an airplane after a harrowing ordeal at sea that saw them adrift and nearly out of food in one of the remotest stretches of ocean on the planet.

Hannah Gastonguay, 26, and her husband, Sean, 30, were fed up with abortion, homosexuality, taxes and the "state-controlled church" and so "decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us," she . With them were Sean's father and the couple's two daughters, one 3 years old and the other an infant.

A few weeks into their ultimately 91 days at sea, the Gastonguays encountered "squall after squall after squall" that damaged their boat. Originally on a heading for the archipelago nation of Kiribati near the international dateline, they changed course to the Marquesas Islands, but were unable to reach them either.

Along the way, they apparently suffered damage to their mast and, unable to set a foresail, made little westward progress.

They were down to "some juice and some honey" and whatever fish they could catch when a passing Canadian cargo ship tried to help out with supplies. But when it came alongside, it did even more damage to the tiny sailboat.

Eventually, the family was picked up by a Venezuelan fishing vessel.

"The captain said, 'Do you know where you're at? You're in the middle of nowhere,' " Hannah Gastonguay told the AP.

From there, the five were transferred to a Japanese cargo ship and, after three weeks, dropped off in Chile.

Gastonguay told the AP that she never thought the family was going to die: "We believed God would see us through."

In Chile, police prefect Jose Luis Lopez told the newspaper Las Ultimas Noticias:

"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," he said.

Excerpts from the AP version of the story (as presented on one of its many subscribing papers' websites):

Quote:...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 she said their faith came from reading the Bible and through prayer...

.... I spent ten minutes trying to think of something snarky to say here and you know what? Nothing I say will top the story itself.

tldr: A family fed up with the US not respecting the freedom of churches took a sailboat out onto the Pacific trying to emigrate somewhere that will respect their religion. They had no real seamanship skills, but instead trusted to God's guidance. Said guidance (or lack of maritime skills) led them through several storms, severe damage to their boat, exhaustion of supplies, getting stuck adrift and way off course in the middle of nowhere, and eventually rescue and repatriation to the US. Obviously, the rescue was the only miraculous element. This'd be funny if they hadn't had small children with them, including one which was born on the boat.

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11-08-2013, 04:41 PM
RE: Trusting in God's Guidance
What I don't get is their problem with churches in America. What exactly is it? From what I've read it just sounds like they fell victim to Fox News propaganda about the government making abortions mandatory and forcing Catholic priests to marry gay couples. Or maybe they just believe that if their religion isn't the state religion they're being repressed. Both of those are common enough.

If something can be destroyed by the truth, it might be worth destroying.

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