By Erika Drake
Walking into Ravished, each student was welcomed with greeters, loud music and the escape
from the chilly Friday night. By 8 p.m., East Lodge lobby was packed with nearly 800 students
from Taylor, Anderson, Huntington, Ball State and Indiana universities, as well as University of
Kentucky, for a night of worship.
“We did not even advertise that much, I just made a video and a poster on Facebook,” said
Hannah Gray (jr), a leader in the event. “Obviously God had other plans for the time.”
Ravished was hosted by the leaders of The Well, a weekly worship night in the loft of the
Chapel-Auditorium. Last year, Sylvana Paternite (jr) had the idea to have a worship gathering of
all the different Christian universities around IWU, according to Gray.
“When else do our schools come together? Only for sporting events, it seems like. So we
thought, ‘Why not join in what God is doing in our campus together?’” Gray said on the reasons
for the combined worship.
Paternite took care of a huge amount of the details, organizing and talking to the administration,
according to Gray.
The Well’s leadership also attended student-run ministries at Anderson, Taylor and Huntington
in preparation for the event. The IWU students talked to those at the ministry night, inviting them
to the event.
The worship night was named Ravished based on Song of Solomon 4:9 KJV: “You have
ravished my heart.” Ravished was created as a night to simply worship, without the idea of
getting anything in return, but solely because God is good, Gray said.
Students from surrounding universities seemed just as eager to worship in unity. Huntington
students Benjamin Cable (fr) and Giuliana Ruiz-Moreno (fr) found out about the event through
the Ravished Facebook page. The hour drive was well worth it, according to Cable.
“To be surrounded by others who want to share in worship – that’s an awesome thing,” Ruiz-
Marisa Haskins (sr) learned about Ravished at the worship night she leads at Anderson, called
10:07. She came to support her sister, Natalie Haskins (jr), who attends IWU and played
keyboard in the band at Ravished. The sisters have led a worship night at Taylor University
together in the past and said they were glad to be a part of another event that united their
Taylor student Luke Tilden (sr) found out about the event through a friend who attends IWU.
Like Ruiz-Moreno, a night to worship in unity is the reason Tilden attended.
“Also it is a great way to meet new people in good community,” Tilden added.
Students from public schools also attended. Emily Seibert (fr), from Ball State University, found
out about the event through the Navigators. The Navigators is a Christian organization of
approximately 50 members at Ball State.
“We don’t have a worship night, so we jumped at the idea of it,” Seibert said.
Ravished was designed as mostly a worship night, but three speakers gave short messages
between songs. During the two-hour-long event, the leaders asked each university to pray for
the others. The students circled around each other and whispered prayers with hands on each
others’ shoulders, as a visual sign of unity between the universities.
Gray said she believes that unity was stirred in the heart of the IWU campus, which allowed for
the success of the night. Gray said she is certain there will be a Ravished 2014.