SOUTH AFRICA – “I am on a mission to change people’s financial lives – it doesn’t matter if they live in the United States or abroad,” said Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., the founder of the dfree® Financial Freedom Movement, upon returning from a successful trip to South Africa.
Dr. Soaries, First Lady (Emerita) Donna Soaries, and the Dfree Global Foundation’s team from the U.S. and Ghana converged in South Africa on Sunday, December 4, to share the dfree® curriculum with pastors and congregants at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Cape Town.
The team also launched a partnership between the Foundation and the Baptist Convention of South Africa. Leaders from roughly 130 churches will learn the dfree® curriculum and share it with their congregants.
“This has the potential to change thousands of lives. I am excited to train these leaders to help them to rehabilitate not only their finances but the finances of the people they serve as well,” said Coach Lee, a dfree® Brand Ambassador in South Africa.
The 12 Steps to Financial Freedom course was initially launched in South Africa in 2018. Since then, it has been adopted by pastors, church leaders, and congregants at more than 20 churches.
During the trip, Dr. Soaries also visited with community leaders who are profoundly impacting young South Africans. At Parkdene Baptist Church in George, Western Cape, their team runs several programs, including one that makes and sells school uniforms at low market prices to low-income families. They also help support and engage students who have dropped out of school. Additionally, Parkdene Baptist’s staff provides students with food, books, and after-school activities.
In Cape Town, the team met with Evelina Tshabalala, who feeds children and teaches them how to run marathons to help them stay off the streets.
Toward the end of the trip, Dr. Soaries conducted a business masterclass with artists, makers, and small business owners in Johannesburg. He taught them how to manage and grow their finances while keeping their small businesses afloat in a financially challenging market.
Dr. Soaries also taught a Bible study on leadership strategies to pastors and church leaders at the Baptist Convention of South Africa and delivered a powerful sermon to more than 500 people.
Now that the team has returned home, Dr. Soaries said his commitment to helping people in Africa avoid the pitfalls of accumulating debt and achieve financial freedom is even stronger.