Little known facts - John Lennon was assassinated by a former World Vision worker. Reagan's attempted assassin was the son of a WV vice president.

The usual conspiracy narratives say this is about CIA mind control. The reality is different, but equally disturbing...
2) World Vision gets about 20% of its budget from the US government, mostly in the form of in-kind donations from USAID (surplus food).

World Vision USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It transfers most of that USAID food aid to World Vision International, which is a church...
3) Furthermore, the 2001 990 tax form of the Fellowship Foundation (the Fellowship run the National Prayer Breakfast) claims World Vision as "sister organization".

Besides humanitarian relief, a core World Vision mission is the (evangelical Christian) indoctrination of youth.
4) What the conspiracy theorists miss is that "mind control" is beside the point - World Vision's organizational culture, at the leadership level at least, is quite extreme. To wit - I have video of top World Vision leaders describing a pilot project to indoctrinate...
5)..millions of people in one certain African nation. The idea was to replicate the project all across the continent. It was described *explicitly* as a means of capturing the key sectors of society, the so-called project of "7 Mountains dominionism".

I'm in no way suggesting..
6)..that VW leaders somehow engineered the assassination & attempted assassination. Rather, given WV's extreme ideology (at least at the insider & elite level, of "true believers") one might expect already psychologically unhinged individuals to do crazy and/or violent acts...
7) attempts to advance, albeit in very misguided ways, WV's global war against secular society.

It's the most parsimonious explanation I can see, given the available facts.

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