A true story about the night God sent me a message! Were they angels? It was not until many years later that I understood their message and it's meaning.
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welcome once again to the complicated burrito. Here's your podcast host Alan Brooks. All right. Today I'm gonna be talking about something that happened to me back in 1999. This is something that shouldn't have happened. But it did happen. And I've only told a few people about this. Some things are hard to understand, hard to explain, and this is definitely one of them. So on today's podcast, I'd like to explain the night that God sent me a messenger. After two years of being a member of Rocks Gang, I wanted to do something fun. I wanted to do something like I had never done before. And it was, you know, like 98 late 98. Industrial Goths and Metal was real big at the time. And I was always a big fan of Alice Cooper and guar Kiss on Maryland Manson. All this kind of groups. So myself, David, Richard, Eric and Mike put together the Blessed Virgin Larry. This is one of those deals that it seemed like a good idea at the time. We had a lot of fun and we had some really great music. We put out a couple CDs three or four, three or four different CDs. It was basically all demo work that we released. It was all just demo stuff that we had done hoping to get a deal and get into the real studio. I'll do another podcast dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Larry. I don't want to get sidetracked on this podcast with those details. I want to fast forward to the brass mug in Tampa, Florida 1999. We were doing a lot of openers with groups like Hell on Earth, Enemy of God Diet of Worms. We get hired to do a show at the brass mug in Tampa back in 99 wait, Hired to open for Daisy Berkowitz, who was the former lead guitar player from Maryland. Manson. When you're a touring musician, there's certain clubs around the country that are kind of like a badge of honor. You wanna play like the Grand Emporium? I got to play that in Kansas City before it changed ownership with the country or whatever. That was kind of a local legendary club, you know, and the brass mug and Tampa's that were, too. There's actually video online of his plan that night. If you want to go search, you'll find it. So it's the night of the show worth the breasts. Mug place is packed. Daisies There he was outside. I never did get to meet him that night, but it was pure chaos. So we go on and we do our show and and it went really well. And after the show, I always walk around, talk to everybody, you know, out of the audience. It's probably about 11 o'clock by now. Everybody's waiting on Daisy to hit the stage, and you know he's still outside, getting ready to come on. And as I'm walking around, there's tables inside. There's booths on one side inside the breast month, and I see this older black woman. She's worn a black dress. She had a cane, and there was a younger man, a younger black man. Hey was real clean cut, and he was on the other side of the booth with her. They were both wearing all black. He had a like a crew cut and and he never said one word the whole time. Nothing he was In fact, you could tell he was there to protect her. That's why he was there, you could tell it was almost like he was. He was there to protect her. You know, I followed him outside after we spoke, and even then when I was speaking with her, he was like, I don't know, 10 feet away and just watching this. So let's let's backtrack to inside the club when I first spotted them. So I'm walking around in the club and I'm talking to people. And I see these two individuals that stuck out like a sore thumb because everybody in there came to see the Blessed Virgin Larry in Daisy Berkowitz. I mean, it wasn't a regular show and it was late at night, and it was in Tampa, Florida at this little club, that's not easy to find. There's just no reason for them to be there. So anyway, I climbed into the booth with them. They were sitting at a booth by the front door, and I was trying to small talk with them with her, but she wouldn't have anything to do with it. She told me that she was there, that she was sent there to give me a message, and the message was that I wasn't supposed to be doing this. I was supposed to be helping people. She told me flat out, You're not supposed to be doing this. You're supposed to be helping people. That was the message, and that's basically all she had to say. And she got up and started heading for the front door. So I followed him outside and I was trying to talk to her and I I was pleading whether to come to my next show. I couldn't I didn't understand what she wouldn't talk to me and why That was it. Once again, she told me that God sent her there to give me that message and that was it. She was gone. So I thought a lot about her coming there and just the whole experience of what happened, because it was bizarre to say the list. And I couldn't think of anything I was I could do. All I could think of was maybe playing my acoustic guitar at, like, a rest home or something. I I was at a loss, you know? How am I supposed to help people? I would think about it every once in a while, you know, A week turned into two weeks a month and then a year, and I would think about it every once in a while. But but eventually I completely forgot about the whole thing. Now the band broke up about two years later, and I went on to do other stuff. And over the next few years I kind of kept alive just on the Internet and, you know, shoot a video or something on one of my brakes from touring. I've always been into the rock and roll lifestyle, but when I started into this music, I didn't realize that that was a whole different lifestyle. And basically, um, it wasn't who I waas, you know. I was doing it for the music in the show, you know, the people that followed this kind of music. I mean, when they went home, they dressed like this, you know, and I took it all off. So eventually I started kind of feeling, you know, I realized that I was going down the wrong path, but it took years to get there. I was actually talking to our old manager up in New York one day, and he told me he was looking at some of the old concert photos, and he actually thought he could see demonic faces in the fog. And that's that's pretty scary. So we can now fast forward all the way to 2014. I had saved almost $10,000 and I really kind of wanted to go back to when I was a child. I wanted to be a vet, and I loved animals, and I decided I wanted to help animals. That's when I started my own animal rescue called House of Hound. The first year I ran it out of my house and I got everything going at the 501 C three started, got inspected by the state, was learning all the rules. The ends announce there's a lot of legalities, and the first year I rescued about 32 dogs in 2015 I got a phone call that changed my life forever. And it was a concerned citizen, alerting me to the fact that the city of Butler in Bates County they didn't have the funding to build their own animal shelter and all the dogs have been be were being euthanized after their five day hold. If they weren't picked up. So I got ahold of the city of Butler, Missouri, and I met with the animal control officer, Mr Roger Cecil, and he worked out a plan with me on that. I would start coming down every Friday and getting all the dogs that were to be euthanized, and I would take him, bring him back to the city and find them homes. This is Roger and I the first day that we work together, and that's our first dog that we rescued. That's Popeye. He is a great Dane boxer mix, and he's a very famous Bates County fence jumper. As the months progressed, I realized that I had to do so. I had to make a move because I was doing all of this out of my house and I lived up a little suburb outside of Kansas City at the time. Still do. And so that's when I started looking for a building. Um, and I looked for months and months and, you know, the rent on a building is like who you know up in the city. You know, building can easily lease for, you know, 4000 month, 3500 month. Something like that. Just way, way out of the zone. And that's when a building came available in Butler, Missouri. Unbelievably enough, right across the street from the actual vet where I was getting all the dogs originally. So it was a real blessing and eso. In August of 2015 I moved into the building and started in actual animal shelter in Butler, Missouri. Called House of Found. This is me and Genevieve Burke. She was a huge help for many years, and she helped me assemble a team. And we, uh we started renovating the building and getting our inspections and getting the first dogs in. In 2016 we saved 300 dogs that would have been otherwise euthanized over the next four years, with the help of a lot of people in the community and outside of the community, we saved over 1000 dogs at the same time that I was getting the building and driving down every day and remodeling. Um, that's the time that God came into my life. This was all way too much for me. I had no money left by the time I got this building I spent my last, you know, the last little bit in my savings and the last little bit in my checking account just to get the keys to the building. I was near suicidal man. I didn't know what I was going to do, and that's when Jesus came into my life and I took all of that stress that was on me, and I took it all off my shoulders, and I put it into God's hands. Over the next four years, any time we were running out of money, running low on money, which was all the time, I would pray, and God would always answer my prayers. Plus, we had a great network of awesome supporters. Now, what most people don't know is that during this entire time we were not only saving dogs, but we were helping a lot of people in the community in about three years into it, something sparked the memory of the old woman that came to me in the club back in 1999. He rues 13 to says, do not forget to show hospitality to strangers for by so doing, some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. It says right in the Bible that angels are among us. Did God send to angels to give me a message? I think so. In June of 2019 I started having some health issues, and I realized that's gonna have to retire. And so I did my best to turn it over to some local people to continue my mission and my goal for the communities, hoping that it would survive long long into the future. If you want to find out what happened a house of found after my departure, I'll be doing a future podcast on that topic, and I'll be covering the entire story from start to finish. All right, well, I really hope you enjoyed the podcast today. God sure does work in mysterious ways, and I'm really happy to have been able to share my story with you. On behalf of Revo 24 radio. I'm Alan Brooks for the complicated burrito Rockin You're in the mix with Rev. 0 24 radio. We play it all