April 3, 2017 by Administrator

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Declaring a war on poverty and calling the dfree® financial freedom movement a powerful weapon for success, Pastor Darryl R. Williams recently discussed his preparations to host hundreds of church leaders and others April 7 & 8 for the dfree® Financial Freedom Movement worship celebration and conference. Activities at St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, 1616 West Atkinson Avenue, start Friday night, 7 to 9 PM, and continue Saturday, 9 AM to 2 PM, with dfree® speakers, launch training, workshops, 1-on-1 financial consultation opportunities and more.

“I am excited about the Dfree conference coming to Milwaukee. Milwaukee has one of the highest poverty rates in the country, and the zip code where my church resides — 53206 — is one the poorest in the country,” Williams said. “Many are in poverty due to unnecessary purchases and an over reliance on credit cards. Payday loan stores, which are prevalent in our communities, with their outlandish interest rates only exacerbates the poverty cycle.”

The dfree® financial freedom movement started more than a decade ago as a transformational, lifestyle movement that promotes financial freedom through values-based principles and practical approaches to financial management. dfree® addresses the cultural, psychological and spiritual influences on financial wellness. In the tradition of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., dfree® also is a movement to help achieve economic justice in America.

“dfree® teaches the biblical principles that can end the poverty spirit that is plaguing our communities, “ Williams said. “Churches have to do more than make people feel good. At the end of the day you really have not helped your community and your parishioners until you have empowered them. I challenge all the churches and even if if you are not part of a church to take advantage of this free opportunity to impact lives. We are declaring war on poverty!!”

In a country where society promotes consumerism, materialism and a debt culture, dfree® Founder DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., has run into people who have all but resigned themselves to debt, which he likens to slavery. He offers a message of hope through practical strategies.

“We live in a culture where debt is not perceived as a problem. The first thing we have to do is admit there is a problem. We have to address the mess. We have to change our attitudes,” Soaries said. “It’s never too late to start saving for retirement. It’s never too late to start getting your credit right. It’s never too late to start learning about investments. It’s never too late to start an emergency fund. It’s never too late because ‘too late’ for Jesus is right on time.”

America’s consumer debt is $3.4 trillion and the average American household balance-carries $16,048 in debt. Perhaps more shocking, the wealth gap between black and white Americans is so extreme that it would take 228 years for black people to obtain on average what white families have today. Americans also aren’t passing on good financial habits to younger generations. Millennials are “financially fragile,” with 53 percent carrying over a credit card balance in the last 12 months and 50 percent believing they couldn’t come up with $2,000 for an unexpected need within the next month.3

The conference is sponsored by St. Mark AME Church, the dfree® Global Foundation, Inc. and Powered by Prudential. Registration for the conference is available via http://bit.ly/2nnQ0QI. The Friday event is free and the Saturday event costs $20, which includes a dfree® book, workbook and light meals. A limited number of scholarships are available by emailing info@mydfree.org.

About Williams:

Darryl R. Williams has served as Pastor of St. Mark AME Church in Milwaukee since 2004. A Chicago native and third generation AME minister, Williams also served congregations in Indiana and Michigan. He is a graduate of the Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

About dfree®:

Founded in 2005, the dfree® financial freedom movement is a transformational, lifestyle movement that promotes financial freedom through values-based principles and practical approaches to financial management. dfree® addresses the cultural, psychological and spiritual influences on financial wellness. In the tradition of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., dfree® also is a movement to help achieve economic justice in America. Rev. Dr. King once said, “We must never let it be said that we spend more for the evanescent and ephemeral than for the eternal values of freedom and justice.” dfree® emphasizes controlling money matters so that individuals have the freedom to focus on more purposeful pursuits. Let’s Move Forward Together.

dfree® was featured by CNN in a 90-­minute documentary, Almighty Debt, an installment of the Black in America series, hosted by Soledad O’Brien. The dfree® strategy is being used by hundreds of churches, organizations and individuals worldwide. For more information about dfree® visit mydfree.org, text “dfree” to 22828 to join the mailing list or follow any of the following: #dfree #mydfree #dfreeNextLevel #LMFTdfree.

About Soaries:

dfree® Founder Rev. Dr. DeForest B. “Buster” Soaries Jr., is known as an active agent for change and is a widely-requested speaker. He is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey and former New Jersey Secretary of State. His pastoral ministry focuses on spiritual growth, educational excellence, economic empowerment and faith-based community development. Soaries, author of Say Yes to No Debt: 12 Steps to Financial Freedom, has issued a Billion Dollar Challenge as a national initiative and free resource to help individuals and families collectively pay down $1 billion in consumer debt.

1ValuePenguin Average Credit Card Debt report, May 2016
2The Ever–Growing Gap study, August 2016
3Millennials & Financial Literacy GFLEC/PwC survey, January 2016