On November 23, Bishop Ivan Laptev of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria sent greetings to Bishop Elect Matti Salomäki who was elected Bishop of the Diocese of Lapua of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
Bishop Salomäki has replied:
“A warm thank you for your kind greetings and congratulations!
“I hope we can continue to cooperate and meet both around the Word and in sports! It was a pleasure to visit and preach in your church.
“With blessing thoughts, I am thinking of your church on such a large territory and in the midst of so many challenges.
“Christ be with us here and there!
“Waiting to meet with you!
“With friendly greetings,