About 100 people gathered in the sanctuary at Grace United Methodist Church in Copperas Cove on Aug. 16 for performances by Christian artists from cities as far away as Nashville, Tenn., and a local praise dance troupe whose home is Copperas Cove.
Besides having a love of music in common, all in attendance had at one time or another worked with Larry and Jennifer Sturm or made missionary trips to foreign countries with the Sturm family.
The event was a send-off party for the family who will be relocating to Australia to partner in a ministry with Jennifer Sturm’s parents.
The Sturms have three children, Joel, Lily and Hope.
Hope will remain in Dallas to attend her dad’s alma mater, Christ for the Nations College.
Adam and Cheryl Stark, a young married couple from Nashville who once traveled to England with the Sturm family, performed several selections. Adam Stark is a musician in a rock band, and Cheryl Stark is a country music songwriter.
Jacqui Baldwin, a friend of the Starks, performed a song, then announced she was relocating to New Zealand to partner in a ministry there full time.
The Samoan Praise Dancers, a Christian praise team from Copperas Cove, shared an interpretive dance to a pre-recorded song performed in their native language.
Sturm sang several songs, then reminisced about his days of growing up in Copperas Cove.
Those thoughts turned into an introduction and words of thanks for the evening’s guest speaker, the Rev. Bob Mason of Missions International of Dallas. Mason has known Sturm for more than 30 years.